By Jennifer Weber
Despite the recent weather report and the hum of still running air-conditioners at the end of September, fall actually arrived according to the calendar last week. Around town, a few brave trees are beginning to show their colors, a bit of red here, some orange there…soon our world will be wrapped with autumn splendor. This time of year, a drive anywhere through our beautiful neck of the woods in the center of Western New York allows for prime leaf peeping out your car window. But why not do something different this year? How about letting someone else do the driving and make it a relaxing adventure on a train?
The Attica and Arcade Railroad, located at 278 Main St. Arcade, offers Fall Foliage Train rides on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the month of October. Enjoy a two and a half hour round trip excursion aboard the last operating steam train in New York State. Outside your window, you will view the colors of the season while enjoying the ride through the countryside and farmlands of our region. The train stops at Currier Depot for a self-guided tour of the museum. Concessions and restrooms are available on the train.
In addition to the Fall Foliage rides, the Attica and Arcade Railroad is offering a Wine Tasters Ride on Oct. 7, Ale on the Rails on Oct. 14, a WNY Senior Fall Train Ride on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Halloween Train Rides on Oct 28 and 29.
For more information, call (585) 492-3100 or visit www.aarailroad.com.
The Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway offers Fall Train Rides on Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 14-15 boarding from Zittel’s Country Market, located at 4415 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg or Artcraft Toy Trains located at 4 Scott Street, Hamburg. This 90 minute round-trip train ride explores the Eighteen-Mile Creek at Water Valley. Concessions are available to purchase during the ride on the food service car.
For more information call (716) 948-0505 or visit bcjrailroad.com.
The Medina Railroad Museum, located at 530 West Avenue, Medina, offers Fall Foliage Train Rides on Oct. 7, 14, 18, 21 and 22. This two-hour ride takes you through the wooded scenery along the Erie Canal offering a leisurely, old-fashioned way to experience the beauty of autumn in Western New York.
The Medina Railroad Museum also has a Booze and Brews Weekend on Oct. 7 and a family-friendly Jumpkin Pumpkin Jamboree and adult only Terror on the Tracks on Oct. 28.
For more information call (585) 798-6106 or visit www.medinarailroad.com
The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum located at 282 Rush Scottsville Road, Rush, NY offers several Fall Foliage Excursions on Oct. 7 and Pumpkin Patch Train Rides on Oct. 14-15, 21-22 and 29-30 with the cooperation of the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad. The mile-and-a-half ride travels through the rural heart of the Genesee Valley aboard a restored freight train caboose to a Pumpkin Patch where every child can pick a small pumpkin to take home. Visitors can also enjoy free apple cider and a petting zoo.
For more information call (585) 533-1431 or visit www.rgvrrm.org.