Slagharen, the amusement park and holiday resort in the Dutch province of Overijssel, has renamed its monorail to “Pioneer Express 63”. The name change has been made to honour the founder of the theme park.

Henk Bemboom first opened the much-loved attraction site in 1963. It was originally known as the Shetland Ponypark Slagharen. The park has undergone many changes since 1963 but has always retained some of its traditional appeal.

CEO Dave Storm wanted to reignite the park’s rich history and decided to rename the monorail as the Pioneer Express 63. The monorail journeys past the old office of Bemboom Sr., where many secrets are stored. It carries on through the park and into tunnels where guests are inspired by prints that celebrates the park’s history.

Dave Storm commented on the renewed Pioneer Express 63: “We are convinced that in this way we will pay tribute to the rich history of Slagharen and honour the ideas of Bemboom Sr. who would have turned 100 years on 20 February 2021,” he said.