KEMPTON, Pa. -

A popular Berks Co. railroad attraction is trying to get back on track after an employee allegedly stole $100,000 from the all-volunteer organization.

Now, loyal passengers are lining up to keep the Wannamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad from derailing.

If life is a journey, there's something magical about getting there on a train.

"I love stuff like this," said railroad passenger Karl Teller. "I'm sort of a retired hobo."

The Kempton Railroad is a journey to past memories for Marie Brunner, who rode with her late husband.

"Ah, he loved the train ride," she said. "He was like a child too!"

But in Kempton -- just a tiny whistle-stop -- the longtime family attraction recently suffered a massive theft.

"It kind of breaks my heart," said passenger Joey Curzi.

Teller added: "I thought, 'I can't believe that this is happened to this nice, little railroad here.'"

Last week, the organization's treasurer, James Krause, was charged with stealing almost $100,000 from the attraction. Court papers claim Krause stole from the railroad's bank accounts and took thousands in ticket sales.

By the end of last year, the group's bank account was now down to just $15,000, according to arrest records.

"It's very sad that people would do that, up and run with all that money," said passenger Cheryl Himmelwight.

The group vows to keep steaming along.

"The railroad is still going to be there," WK&S president Oliver Blatt said last Tuesday. "We're still going to be operating trains and we're going to recover from this."

Sunday, passengers lined up to help, one ticket at a time.

"I'm trying to do what I can," said Teller. "They've got May, June, July, August, September, and October to get this money back, and I think they will, and I hope they do."

So now it's all aboard the "Little Train That Could."