Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Gooding Street platform will serve as the new turnaround point for MRM’s Medina-to-Lockport train trips. It will replace the present turnaround point, a dingy platform in an industrial zone on Michigan Street. The cost to build the platform is about $20,000. The city will use bed-tax money in reserve to foot the bill, according to R. Charles Bell, city director of planning and development.
Affiliation with Medina Railroad Museum is good for the city in that it will help showcase the increasingly vibrant Locks Heritage District, according to Bell.
Excursion train riders will be within walking distance of the Gooding-Canal-Pine streets crossing, where the Lake Effect Ice Cream, Sweet Ride bike rental shops, Old City Hall/the Flight of Five Winery and the Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride ticket office are all open. The crossing also is where prime views of the famed Flight of Five canal locks can be had.
“This partnership continues to push the Locks District forward; down the road, it could be a part of packaged tours,” Bell said. “I think it’s awesome that Medina Railroad Museum is buying into the same vision that we have.”
The city is aiming to have the new platform constructed and ready for use by Oct. 1. Oct. 5 is the date of Medina Railroad Museum’s first Fall Foliage Excursion originating in Lockport. Additional Lockport-to-Medina trips are slated for Oct. 6, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. On Oct. 9, a special Medina-to-Lockport excursion includes a one-hour layover and planned activities and tours downtown. For more information, visit www.railroadmuseum.net.