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HAL explores 'The Great Gorge Railroad and the Lewiston Station'

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Sat, Oct 22nd 2016 07:00 am

The Historical Association of Lewiston's October program is titled, "The Great Gorge Railroad and the Lewiston Station." The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah fellowship hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.

Lewis Buttery will lead the presentation on the Great Gorge Railroad, which formed part of the Great Gorge Route.

The interurban railway ran at the bottom of the Niagara Gorge, from Niagara Falls to Lewiston. In Niagara Falls, the GGRR made connections with the International Railway Co. (IRC), New York Central, Erie Railroad, Canadian National and Lehigh Valley. In Lewiston, connections were made with New York Central, IRC, the Lewiston & Youngstown Frontier and Canada Steamship Lines steamers to Toronto.

The GGRR was organized in 1895, originally as the Niagara Falls & Lewiston RR. It operated until a rockslide on Sept. 17, 1935. The GGRR was part of the "Niagara Gorge Belt Line." This service was joined with the IRC "Canadian Scenic Route" on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, from Niagara Falls, Ontario, to Queenston, Ontario. Crossings were made on the Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls and the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Buttery is the founder of the BRI-NK Foundation and BRI-NK Museum, located inside the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls.

The HAL event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served.

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