The Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway in Hamburg will offer train excursions behind a vintage 1920s-era steam locomotive on Nov. 11 and 12 to honor veterans of all eras and to remember the vital role the rails had in victory.
Trains will depart Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot, 4 Scott St., for a 12-mile round trip to Eden. Departure times for the one and a half hour journeys are 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
During World War II, America’s railroads helped to defeat the Axis by moving millions of tons of raw materials, wartime goods and massive numbers of troops. As America’s second largest railroad hub and a key producer of aircraft, vehicles and other critical wartime supplies, Buffalo’s home front efforts and successes were tied to trains. More important than supplies, railroads transported our parents, grandparents and relatives far away from home to boot camp, training bases and eventually off to war.
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.
Tickets are $10 for veterans, active military and auxiliary members; $20 for adults and $18 for children. Tickets may be purchase online at www.bcjrailroad.com.
For information, call 649-3079.