Posted on October 3, 2019
Crews will be preparing a vintage 1920s steam locomotive for a series of weekend fall foliage train rides. The engine is one of North America’s only “traveling” steam locomotives that visits communities across the Northeast United States. “Steam Up” includes watering and initial firing of locomotive.
WHO: The Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Railroad & Scott Symans, Owner of Locomotive Viscose Company #6.
WHEN: Friday, October 4 at 9am
WHERE: Buffalo Southern Railroad Engine Shop, 5690 Camp Road, Hamburg, NY. Proceed towards rear of concrete plant to enter railyard
HAMBURG, NY – The Buffalo, Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway (BC&J) will offer a series of train excursions this weekend pulled behind a vintage steam locomotive. Trains are scheduled to operate out of the Village of Hamburg’s historic Erie Railroad Depot (4 Scott Street) on October 5th, 6th, 19th, and 20th. THIS FRIDAY (Oct 4th), crews will be on hand to introduce this rare machine to the media while they water, coal and lubricate the engine in preparation for weekend excursions.
The trips will be pulled by Viscose Company #6. The engine was originally constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the American Viscose Company of Roanoke, Virginia in 1925. In September, 2004, #6 was purchased by Scott Symans of Dunkirk, New York who restored the locomotive to operating condition. This is one of the only locomotives in North America that travels via semi-truck to heritage railways for special events. An “Ambassador of Historic Transportation,” the traveling Viscose Company #6 provides a unique opportunity to ride and photograph a steam locomotive in communities where steam trains do not usually operate.
Fall Foliage trips will depart Hamburg at 10:00a, 12:30p and 3:00p for a round trip to the picturesque Eden Valley. These rides are 1-1.5 hours in duration and will travel seven miles. Tickets are: Adult (12+) $18.00; Children (2-12) $15.00; Child on lap Free (Under 2). More info at: www.bcjrailroad.com