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Kiddie Train Business – Analysis

Have you been considering a kiddie train or a mini train as a business opportunity?

Pursuit Zone was recently asked to sell a Wattman kiddy train that is currently used at a mall.  Since this mini train is trackless, it can be used inside or outdoors.  After visiting with the owner,  I found myself thinking about kiddie trains as a small business opportunity.


What services can the owner of a mini train charge for?  

  1. Children can pay for a ride.
  2. The train can be rented on an hourly basis.

How much could be charged per ride?  

The owner of the mini train that Pursuit Zone currently has for sell charges $3 per ride.

How much money could I make with a trackless mini-train?  

I’m going to use our seller’s business model:  I am also going to be extremely conservative in my estimates.

  • Each ride last about 8 minutes.  16 kids can ride at one time.  (16 x $3= $48 )
  • Lets assume that you ran a full train 3  times per hour – ($48 x 3) = $144 per hour.   (I’m assuming that its takes a bit to get all of the kids loaded and unloaded.)
  • Let’s assume that over the holiday shopping season, you ran the train only 8 hours.  $144 x 8 = $1,152 per day.
  • 7 days per week:     $1,152 x 7 = $8,064 per week.
  • Let’s assume that you are only going to run the train only for the Christmas holiday shopping season  5 weeks total -$8,064 x 5 = $40,320

If you had two trains to run in the mall, you could be loading kids into one train while the other train is running it’s route.

How much do these trackless trains cost?  Well, it depends if you buy new or used.

If you want to contact someone with Wattman to find out what their trains sell for go to     I’m sure there are other manufacturers but this company is extremely reputable.

Is it better to buy new or used?  

Similar to buying a car or house, there are pro’s and cons to both.     You will potentially save a lot of money if you buy used.  However, be sure to find out about how well it has been maintained and what kind of maintenance issues it has had.

If you buy new, it still could break down or have mechanical issues – so be sure to ask about the warranty.

You may be purchasing a train that is manufactured outside the United States……  timely manufacture and shipping can create huge challenges.

Aside from a shopping mall, where else could these mini trains or kiddie trains be used?  

As with most other businesses in the fun and entertainment industry – uses are limited only by the entrepreneur’s imagination:

zoos, football games, baseball games,  fun and entertainment centers, flea markets, farmers markets, carnivals, parades  and other special events.

If I wanted to rent a kiddie train out by the hour, what are some types of venues where I could do that?  

Birthday parties, church fairs, company picnics, holiday events etc.


Are there any other business considerations?  

I always recommend speaking with an attorney and a small business accountant that is familiar with your local area’s regulations.     Other considerations will include :  insurance,  taxes,  routine maintenance and employee/staffing considerations.   Will you be the primary operator or will you have employees?   Will this be a cash based business?    If you have employees and it is a cash based business, you need to consider how you will ensure that you receive all cash collected.

Are there other money making opportunities that could generate income with a kiddie train business:  

Again – the entrepreneurs imagination is the limit.

  • Photos of kids that are taken of the train, while in a cool spot where the parents are not going to be able to easily snap a picture with their cell phone.
  • snacks, drinks, or vending machine in the waiting area.
  • train items for sale items

If you have any tips, advise or ideas about mini train business or operating a kiddie train business, please feel free to share them in the comments.




About the author:  Sondra Meyer has been licensed as a CPA in the state of Texas since the mid 1990’s.   She loves helping small business owners accomplish their goals in the most financially prudent manner possible.   Thus, she found herself working in marketing & sales also.   She is the proud mother of two boys and one grandson.

Do you want to improve your bull riding skills? Or Just have Fun?

Do you want to improve your bull riding skills?  Or just have fun?  Well, this mechanical bull looks great, eats nothing, and is happy to stand around when not in use!  What a deal.

Rockin' B Mechanical Bull for Sale
Rockin’ B Mechanical Bull for Sale

This Rockin’ B Mechanical Bull has been just offered for sale.    Are you familiar with Rockin’ B mechanical bulls?

Rockin’ B  Mechanical Bulls / Bucking Machines were developed by  a former bull rider – Bill Beaty.  He manufactured the Rockin’ B  mechanical bulls in Cheyenne, OK.      According to the  Bill’s website:   ” Rockin’ B bulls were marketed all across the U.S. and to many countries around the world.  The bulls were used for rodeo training by top cowboys such as Ty Murray but also used for entertainment purposes by artists such as Brooks and Dunn and Brad Paisley, etc.”   

This particular mechanical bull has been standing in the garage for a while.   He’s only been used about 20 times.    He runs on 220v.    This mechanical bull is located in North Carolina.

If this mechanical bull or any of our others are of interest, be sure to check out Used Mechanical Bulls for Sale  

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions.


Fun Fall Ideas for Indoor Playgrounds

Francesca’s Fun Fall Ideas for Indoor Playgrounds:

Fall is in the air.   As the days  getting shorter and cooler,  indoor playgrounds will get even more use.     I was talking to  Francesca, who has an indoor playground that she really needs to get sold.   She had some great fall fun ideas for indoor playgrounds that I thought were  worth sharing.

Fun Fall Ideas
Fun Fall Ideas

Francesca’s Fun Fall Indoor Playground Ideas:

1.  “I would always have the unit decorated with theme season. If it was Halloween I would wrap the poles with the orange leaves to make the unit look so cool.”
Indoor Playground that is for Sale.
Francesca’s Indoor Playground that is for Sale.
2.  The Freeze Game:   “I used to have the kids choose a spot in the unit.  I would  have the music play they would move around  and when I stopped the music they had to stop and clap.   If they went down the slide they were out of the freeze game.”

Francesca’s Used  Indoor Playground for sale 

“The best about owning a unit like this one is that  it attracts more business.  Kids enjoy this unit and can never get tired running around in it and parents feel safe  that no injures occur due to being a soft play.”- Francesca

Dimensions are 20 foot by 8 foot by 7 foot tall.

1. This play unit is an integrated soft structure.
2. It is in great condition. Only thing very dusty at this point cause they are starting to work at the building.
3. My age groups were normally ranging  2 to  10 years  old. But I believe from my experience with the unit, it was perfect for ages between  4 to 8.
Price – $4,800
If you have any fall fun idea’s for indoor playgrounds, please share them in the comments section below.   

Check out this Mayan Themed Indoor Playground / Obstacle Course

It is time to get this super fun, Mayan themed indoor playground sold!  Kids between the ages of 3 to 10 years old love exploring this ancient Mayan themed obstacle course / playground.

Mayan themed basket ball court and obstacle course
Mayan themed basket ball court and obstacle course

The fun features include:

Mini Zip Line
Mini Zip Line

a mini zip line,

monkey bars, multiple slides, roller bars

Multiple slides and roller bars
Multiple slides and roller bars

ropes and a mini basket ball area.  And…. it even has a little toddler playground space.  I’m sure there are some fun things that I forgot to mention.

Toddler Unit
Toddler Unit

This indoor playground was manufactured by Orca Coast Playgrounds.   It is around 6 or 7 years old and has been well maintained.

For additional photographs, click this following link:  Used Indoor Playground for Sale

Used Price – $19,999   as of October 4, 2016