AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Parks Foundation, the new operator of the Zilker Park train, announced finalists who submitted name ideas for the new train Wednesday night.
The foundation revealed seven finalists during its “Party for the Parks” annual fundraiser, which started at 7:30 p.m.
The final name choices are:
- Edwina Justus (First Black female engineer for Union Pacific Railroad)
- The Bluebonnet Express
- The Zilker Eagle (Re-authorized by the owners of the original Zilker Train)
- The Zilker Zanate (Spanish for grackle)
- The Armadillo Express
- The Moontower Rambler
- The Lady Bird Flyer
APF took submissions for a new train name online through Sept. 21. Now that the finalists are announced, the public will get to vote and have the final say on the winner.
The survey is open online now, and the train is scheduled to debut summer 2021.
Dinner tickets were already sold out for “Party for the Parks,” but APF made all the action available through a live stream online. It was free to join virtually.
The fundraiser featured the 2020 Golden Shovel award winners and a musical performance from Jackie Venson, according to APF.
Live stream viewers could also participate in a YETI raffle by donating $25 to win one of several products from the company.
Silent auctions were also available to join. Up for grabs were a trip to Colorado, VIP passes to the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Fest, Austin FC games and more, APF said.
Support this year for the Austin Parks Foundation is especially crucial, it said. The foundation said it usually gets millions of dollars through its partnership with ACL Fest, but with the cancelation of this year’s in-person event, support from the community is much needed.