Ninth Annual Fall Foliage Train Excursions


 


The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, in cooperation with the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway, will sponsor fall foliage train excursions over the former New York Central Railroad ‘Auburn Road‘ branch line between Shortsville and Geneva on Saturday, October 9, 2010, and Sunday, October 10, 2010.  Five passenger train excursions will be operated over the weekend from Shortsville to Geneva and return over the Finger Lakes Railway using two diesel locomotives and five passenger coaches.  The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society museum in the old New York Central freight station at 8 E. High St. in Shortsville will be open to passengers during the excursions.


 


Each train ride will last two hours and will be a 30 mile round trip.  Departure times on Saturday, October 9, are 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.  Departure times on Sunday, October 10, are 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  All trains will load and unload at the LVRRHS station museum.  The freight station is located one block south of Main St. in downtown Shortsville via Sheldon St. to E. High St.  Free parking is available at this location.


 


Fares are $15.00 per person for adults and children age 3 and over.  Children under age 3 on lap are free.  The ticket price includes the train ride and admission to the museum.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Finger Lakes Scenic Railway web site on the Internet at www.fingerlakesscenicrailway.com or by calling Judy Salone, Event Coordinator, at 315-374-1570 or 315-209-1029.  If the rides are not sold out in advance, walk-up tickets will be available at the LVRRHS station museum at the time of the scheduled trip.


 


Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be sold at the station and onboard the trains.  The Shortsville Presbyterian Church will operate a refreshment stand at the station.  No smoking or alcohol is allowed.  There are restrooms at the station and in the passenger coaches.  Passengers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.


The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society (www.lvrrhs.org) was organized in 1994 to preserve the memory of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and its employees in New York State.  The society currently has 150 members.  In October 2001, the LVRRHS purchased the ex-New York Central Railroad freight station in Shortsville for use as a museum and meeting place.  The proceeds from the train excursions will benefit the society’s museum plans.


 


Passenger train service along the Finger Lakes Railway began in 2001 with special excursions sponsored by local organizations such as the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society.  Today, excursions include many of the same annual holiday trips, as well as added excursions for groups, private excursion opportunities, commuter runs to special events, and themed train rides like the Blues and Brews, wine and cheese, and fall foliage trains.  Passenger trains generally operate from April through December on weekends and certain weekdays over different sections of the Finger Lakes Railway.  For more information on Finger Lakes Scenic Railway passenger services, visit www.fingerlakesscenicrailway.com or call Deb Najarro, Passenger Services Manager, at 315-374-4994.


 


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