The Hunter Park Redevelopment Master Plan will focus on the restoration and modernization of the railroad, assets, and property around it. The plan seeks to make the railroad more interactive for park visitors.
The railroad redevelopment plan will follow a 10 step process in 3 phases.
- Obtain original Century Flyer carriages and place them in temporary storage.
- Have new railroad track, fencing, trestle, covered bridge, river bridge, and railroad crossings installed at the railroad after receiving construction permits and approval from the Douglasville Water Service Authority.
- Purchase a new battery powered Severn Lamb Texan locomotive with enclosed carriages for operations as the Century Flyer is deemed unsatisfactory for service citing reliability issues and age.
- Commission TSW Architects to create renderings for phase 2 of the railroad redevelopment.
- Consult architectural firms for design and construction of new buildings.
- Start cosmetic restoration of the Century Flyer and carriages.
- Finalize building design and obtain the necessary permits for construction.
- Start construction of new structures which include a new station, pedestrian bridge, outdoor theater with a built-in tornado shelter, water tower, engine maintenance building, signal tower, new patio and lounging area for the caboose, advertising billboard, brick bridge, and 2 new pedestrian walkways for the tunnel and pedestrian bridge.
- Obtain a Swannee River Railroad Company GP38 diesel engine with custom carriages.
- Purchase, transport, and relocate the Douglasville Rail Depot from private property to Hunter Park for restoration and redevelopment into an on-site railroad museum and arcade.
- Obtain EMD E8 with rolling stock from Irondale, Alabama for renovation and display next to rail depot.
- Obtain other locomotives, rolling stock, engine boilers, signals, and track for indoor and outdoor display.
- Purchase pedal powered handcars with track, miniature roller coaster, and used Boyertown trolley.
- Construct trolley loading platform and on-site locomotive maintenance shed.