Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The City of Lockport will have a new train platform constructed for Medina Railroad Museum’s themed train trips.
The parties struck an agreement last week in which the city will pay for and commission construction of a wooden platform at Gooding Street, on a city-owned vacant lot in the midst of the Locks Heritage District.
In turn, this autumn, Medina Railroad Museum will use the platform as an originating point for up to five of its Fall Foliage Excursions between Lockport and Medina.
Trip takers will board here and deboard in Medina to tour the vast Medina Railroad Museum, according to Jim Dickinson, president of the museum’s board of directors.
The museum is trying out Lockport-to-Medina tours with an eye on developing new day-long trip packages that involve one or more attractions in the city and the village, Dickinson said.
Hypothetically, day trip packages could include a Lockport Locks & Erie Canal cruise, a tour of the Lockport Cave, and/or a visit to Erie Canal Discovery Center, plus a train ride to Medina Railroad Museum.
Also, Dickinson said, with the launching of the Flight of Five Winery at Pine and Gooding streets, the museum is most interested in developing new Niagara Wine Trail winery train excursions. This year’s excursions involve wine tastings aboard the train and passenger referrals to restaurants and shops in Medina’s bustling central business district. Next year a package could involve stops at one or more wineries in proximity of the railroad tracks.
“We’d like to involve more people in the Lockport area on our train excursions,” Dickinson said. “Hopefully (the platform deal) creates a win-win for us and the community. ... We’re very happy the city was agreeable to this, and think it will get a good return on its investment.”