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October 4, 2013

'Phantom Express' to set eerie tone

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Medina Railroad Museum will run its first-ever “Phantom Express” haunted Halloween trains on Oct. 19, 25, and 26. Created in conjunction with Mason Winfield (author of Shadows of the Western Door and founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks Inc.), the two-hour excursions will depart from Medina and travel along the Erie Canal and through the Western New York countryside to Lockport, passing American Indian and War of 1812 battlegrounds, ancient monuments, historic haunts, and other places associated with ghosts, spirits, and supernatural/paranormal phenomenon.

The first half of the tour will be filled with facts and folklore while the return trip will be pure, eerie storytelling by Winfield. The author of 10 books on the supernatural and paranormal in upstate New York, including Iroquois Supernatural and Haunted Places of Western New York, Mason Winfield (masonwinfield.com) is also known for his “ghost walk” and “haunted pub crawl” tours of local areas, including Buffalo, Lewiston, and East Aurora. 

For the Phantom Express, passengers are promised a thrilling, high-end evening out that will help get them into the Halloween mood while also offering glimpses into the dark side of Western New York’s past. They will hear recountings of odd historical incidents that have happened along the rail line — including a legendary train wreck — while enjoying wine from a Niagara Wine Trail winery and a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

A First Class option provides more comfortable, table seating in the museum’s vintage 1949 dining car, as well as a greater variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to interact directly with the storyteller, the winemakers, and others.

The trains will leave from the Medina Railroad Museum at 530 West Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Coach tickets are $35; First Class tickets are $52. Reservations can be made at railroadmuseum.net or by calling (585) 798-6106.

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