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Santa Claus to arrive by steam train in Hamburg

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Thu, Nov 15th 2018 03:25 pm
(Photo by Tom Burns)
(Photo by Tom Burns)
'Santa Express' train rides scheduled for December
Santa Claus will make his way to the Village of Hamburg's historic Erie Railroad Depot at the corner of Scott and Union streets by train on Saturday, Dec. 1. St. Nick will arrive at 9:30 a.m. aboard a train pulled by "Viscose Company" No. 6, a 1925 0-4-0 steam locomotive. Santa will then make his way inside the depot to Artcraft Toy Trains, where he'll meet with children until 5 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to take free pictures with Santa.
Once Santa arrives, short train rides on the "Holiday Steam Express" to Water Valley will depart the Hamburg Depot on Saturday, Dec. 1; Sunday, Dec. 2; Saturday, Dec. 8; and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The cost for the 40-minute rides (5.68-mile roundtrip) is $20 per person.
Children will receive a small gift as part of their ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.BCJRailroad.com or at Artcraft Toy Trains.
This special holiday train arrival is being coordinated by Artcraft Toy Trains in partnership with the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway and the Buffalo Southern Railroad. Now in its 18th year, Artcraft features a large operating toy train layout and specializes in toy trains of all gauges, especially Lionel and American Flyer trains. Artcraft is also an authorized Lionel Service Station and is Buffalo's only business that services vintage toy trains on premises.
Viscose Company No. 6 was originally constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the American Viscose Co. of Roanoke, Virginia. In the early 1960s, the engine was sold to the Gem City Iron & Metal Company of Pulaski, Virginia. In September 2004, No. 6 was purchased by Scott Symans of Dunkirk, who restored the locomotive to operating condition.
Passengers will travel in vintage railroad equipment that includes two 1930s-era passenger cars that once shuttled commuters in New York City.
The trips are being conducted by the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway Co. Inc. The BC&J was founded in 2011 is chartered as a New York state 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The BC&J's mission is focused on developing and operating educational steam and diesel-electric passenger train excursions in the Buffalo-Jamestown corridor as a way of promoting Western New York's industrial, transportation and agrarian heritage. The railroad right-of-way is owned by Erie County and leased to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, which manages the property. Buffalo Southern Railroad, a locally owned Class III Common Carrier shortline railroad, operates the line.

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