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Special train excursion to honor veterans & first responders

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Mon, Oct 28th 2019 07:00 am

The Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway in Hamburg will honor local heroes this November. As a way to say, “Thank you,” veterans and first responders will be able to purchase tickets for special train rides at a 50% discount.

Trips are scheduled for Nov. 9-10 and will use a vintage 1950s-era diesel locomotive. Trains will depart the Village of Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot (4 Scott St.) for a 20-mile round trip to North Collins. Departure times for the up-to-three-hour journeys are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Passengers will travel in vintage railroad equipment that includes two late 1920s-era passenger cars that once shuttled commuters in New York City on the Long Island Railroad. An open-air car will be available for those who want to photograph the sights along the way.

Discounted tickets for these trips are $10 for veterans, active military, auxiliary members and first responders. Additional pricing is $20 for adults and $15 for children (2-12). Tickets may be purchased online at www.BCJRailroad.com or at Artcraft Toy Trains. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time for parking and boarding.

The trips are being conducted by the Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway Company 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 shoreline railroad, operates the line.

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