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National Train Day to be commemorated

May 1, 2015
Westfield Republican

Dear Editor,

National Train Day will be commemorated in Jamestown, NY on Saturday May 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamestown Gateway Erie Railroad Station West 2nd Street at Lafayette Street in Jamestown, NY. The Erie Railroad opened this station at the height of the Depression on June 7, 1932 hoping for a bright future. For many years this was a busy station for people taking the train for baseball games in Cleveland and New York City, picking up packages for items bought through catalogs, sending sons and daughters off to college, military personnel going to war, family vacation trips, and local runs to nearby communities to visit friends and for shopping. After the last Erie Lackawanna Railroad passenger train came through Jamestown 45 years ago on January 6, 1970, the station closed. This year marks, the 155th anniversary of the first passenger train arriving at Jamestown, NY which was on August 25, 1860 and the 44th anniversary of Amtrak which began operating most of the nation's railroad passenger service on May 1, 1971. Jamestown was also connected to Westfield by 2 trolley car lines. The Jamestown, Westfield & Northwestern Railroad operated on the east side of Lake Chautauqua and the Chautauqua Traction Company operated on the west side of Lake Chautauqua.

On May 9th the magnificent renovated Jamestown train station will come alive with an actual train from the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad arriving on the outside track, a working full size real steam locomotive will chug in, plus visitors can see the restoration progress on Jamestown Street Railway trolley car No. 93 that was rescued by Jamestown resident Bob Johnston with careful rebuilding by volunteer Jim Mitchener, tour the station, see a train show, and I will there to do a book signing on my new children's book "ABC's on the Rails" written to help children learn the alphabet plus trains and trolleys in an educational manner along with my other train and trolley books. Get on track to be at the station for this free educational event that is open to the public. For additional information, the train station phone number is 716-483-3041.

Ken Springirth, author of 26 books on trains and trolleys



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