After reading about this haunt taking place on a real moving train, needless to say I was very intrigued. Despite having such an interesting concept, a few small changes are needed to make this haunt really great.
Before coming to this event, it is recommended that you buy your tickets online, because there are specific times the Screamliner runs. You are also instructed to arrive 30 minutes prior to your boarding time, to allow time to see the first attraction, Cirque de Decay.
Cirque de Decay: This portion is set up in a large tent as a typical walk through haunt. The theme is a demented carnival, and consists of several scenes following this route. The actors throughout were mainly clowns, some of which were a bit enthusiastic and in your face, while others were more passive and stared or growled.
The Screamliner: After the brief visit at Cirque de Decay, you are then lead to a line waiting for the boarding time corresponding to your ticket. Once the time comes, you are lead onto an antique train waiting at the back of the property. The anticipation here is done well, as the train starts moving and a creepy conductor silently waves passengers to proceed row by row. Unfortunately the actual tour doesn't do the build up justice. This portion of the haunt mainly consists of making your way through several train cars while actors popped out and growled from the compartments. There were times where a few more actors would have definitely helped amp up the scare factor a little.
Train of Chills: After the train returns to the station, you are directed to the third attraction, the Train of Chills. This part is a walk through haunt, taking place inside several old stationary train cars. There were times inside where it didn't even feel like you were on a train, but a regular walk through haunted house. Some notable nicely detailed scenes were the dirty kitchen, funeral parler, and haunted nursery. The actors in this attraction were more intense than the first two, and utilized dark hiding spots and in your face creep outs. At the end you are chased through a decrepit old train car with a chainsaw wielding maniac. Due to the highly detailed scenes and higher intensity of the actors, this was the best one out of the three.
Summary: The concept behind Terror on the Railroad is very interesting and unique. If a little more attention is paid to acting, and extending the length of the attractions a bit, this haunt has the potential to be a must see event. Despite this, Terror on the Railroad was a fun experience, and something the whole family can enjoy.
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