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October 17, 2013

All aboard

Downtown Lockport is now a stop on the Medina Railroad

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There’s hope sometime in the future the train could head west and bring Medina and Lockport visitors to Niagara Falls, Tucker said.

“But we’ve got to work on that,” he said.

John Percy, the president of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., said he was in Lockport exactly a week earlier for the official kickoff celebration of the Flight of Five locks restoration.

There’s a lot of good things happening in Lockport, Percy said. Having attractions like the Medina railroad and the Flight of Five is vital when promoting the area, he said.

“We can take this to the marketplace and sell this region,” Percy said.

Both Percy and Tucker credited Callahan with the idea of putting the platform up. The trains will eventually be designed to look like the cars from the 1920s.

Medina Railroad President Jim Dickinson said the museum is already developing day-long packages. The museum is most interested in putting together Niagara Wine Trail train excursions, Dickinson said.

And already there’s a train event coming up that will include Lockport. 

The Medina Railroad Museum will run its first-ever Haunted Halloween Trains on Saturday, then again on Oct. 25 and 26. The two-hour excursions will depart from Medina and travel along the Erie Canal and through the Western New York countryside to Lockport. Along the way, passengers will see the locations of ghost sightings, crop circles and other places and phenomenon associated with ghosts, spirits and the supernatural.

While listening to these stories, passengers will be enjoying wines from local wineries, Black Willow and Flight of Five, the new city-based winery that’s within walking distance of the new platform.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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