Gateway Train Station To Participate In National Train Day

The Jamestown Gateway Train Station will be participating in National Train Day.

The event will honor the history of railroading in Jamestown, as well as the entire country. Part of a national celebration, the Jamestown event will be held at the newly renovated former Erie Lackawanna Train Station located at 212-217 West Second St. on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the actual celebration, the Jamestown Train Station will be open for inspection and tours. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will have actual rolling stock and equipment on sight for questions and viewing. There will be train displays and exhibits, along with work cars and artwork. Railroad author Kenneth Springirth will make presentations on railroading in Jamestown, Western New York and the Northeast. Author Chuck Spinner will attend to address “The Tragedy of Loomis Street Crossing.”

Those participating in the event, at this time, will be the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad, the Western New York Railroad Historical Society, and the Buffalo Cattaraugus and Jamestown Scenic Railway Company Inc. Exhibitors and railroad enthusiasts are all invited to participate. Potential exhibitors need to call the Jamestown Station at 483-3041 to register for the event.

The original construction of the Jamestown Gateway Train Station was completed in 1932, by the Erie Railroad, as an elegant structure supporting the importance of railroads. The last passenger train left the Jamestown Station in 1970, letting it fall into disrepair until renovations started in May of 2010. Renovations were completed with a ribbon cutting in October of 2013.