Royal Train Rides Makes Pitch to Operate on Seaside Heights Boardwalk

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS-It’s not exactly Wildwood’s tram car system, but Royal Train Rides, Inc., a company out of Belleville is trying to get their trains on the right track on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.

While the company specializes in trackless train rides for children for rental at parties and events, they are hoping to bring their trains to the boardwalk but faced a less than optimistic response at the borough council meeting.

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The company has been in business for over 25 years and is now owned by Sam Vendola and his longtime friend John Swenson.  The duo has extensive experience in the amusement industry.

Their products are in operation in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  They also have sold trains in Trinidad, Panama, El Salvador, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, Singapore, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

The company offered the borough a 20% revenue sharing proposal, saying they would charge $3 per person to ride and operate from noon to 8pm during the summer months.

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Mayor Anthony Vaz invited the operators to do further research into the proposal and invited them to formally propose the service at a later date.