Jamestown To Take Part In National Train Day Event

Downtown Jamestown will participate in the celebration of National Train Day on Saturday. This is a nationwide celebration commemorating the importance of railroads and their rich heritage. The Jamestown celebration will take place at the newly renovated Erie Lackawanna Train Station located at 211217 W. Second St. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While the renovated train station will hold an open house for all to see, there will be many more activities. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will display one of their ALCO Locomotives pulling two parlor-type cars. Scott Symans of Dunkirk will drive an actual renovated steam engine for everyone to see and ask questions. In addition there will be “Speeder” cars used for railroad maintenance and are a railroad specialty in their own right.

Others participating include the Chautauqua County Camera Club; Craft World of Jamestown; Gowanda Model Railroad Club; Bob Johnson on trolleys; Marilyn Johnson with her artwork; film producer Ron McElrath; Sarah Skillman and her artwork; author Chuck Spinner; author Ken Springirth; the Western New York Train Society of Buffalo; the Buffalo, Cattaraugus and Jamestown Scenic Railroad; and many others. Refreshments will be available. Music will be provided by Razz Rasmusson and his Dixieland Band.

In addition there will be filmed versions of railroading in the United States as well as the October 2012 ribbon cutting and the story of the renovation process. For further information, call the station at 483-3041 or email at lharkness@discoverjamestown.com.