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 Mark Blohm and Joel McClung

The most popular ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay recently received an extreme makeover thanks to some NWTC students and their instructors, Mark Blohm and Joel McClung.

Thirty students in NWTC’s Auto Collision Repair and Refinish programs refurbished and refinished one of the iconic amusement park’s two trains. After priming and sanding the train’s engine and three cars during the fall 2008 semester, the students completed the painting process in spring.

 “This is a service learning project with a great community feel-good impact,” said Blohm. “The train is a 1950 vintage, so I’m sure the impact span is great. Some of our students have ridden the train; others’ future children will.”

Blohm said he was very pleased with the student involvement and progress. He also noted the support of two vendors, Martin Senour Paints and NAPA Automotive.

 “I consider the train to be part of Green Bay history, especially the Park and Recreation Department,” Blohm said. “I’m sure the population of Green Bay and the surrounding communities have enjoyed times at Bay Beach which involved a train ride.”