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NY&LE Fall Foilage 1982

New York & Lake Erie "Fall Foilage Trips"

October 9th, 10th and 16th, 1982 - by: John Baker

Our second annual "Fall Foilage" excursions over the New York & Lake Erie Railroad on October 9th, 10th, and 16th from Gowanda to Salamanca were very highly successful. All three of the trips were sellouts. with many people purchasing tickets to ride in our WNYRHS #19602 caboose on the day of the trip. Well over 600 people were taken on the three trips that provided some beautiful scenery for those aboard the excursions.

On the October 9th and 10th trips we had virtually perfect weather with clear skies and warm temperatures combined with vibrant fall colors that greeted our passengers. These conditions combined to product some excellent photo opportunities. This weather was in marked contrast to our gray skies that "Rain Maker Baker" normally produces for WNYRHS railfan trips. However the following week, on the 16th our reputation for trip weather was preserved. Mother Nature produced a little of everything. A little sun, a little cold wind, and a little snow.

At the photo stop at Lake Lynco, snow fell in such amounts that we titled it "The First Christmas Card Photo Run." Several people sang Christmas Carols and made snow balls. The weather was in marked contrast to the previous week to say the least. Our most persistant problem on all three trips was that we provided a real test of the pulling power of. NY&LE ALCO S2 #75. Our consist of WNYRHS coach #242, Three Lake Shore Railway Historical Society coaches, a flat car converted for railrans and our own #19602 caboose posed a problem on the hill. On the 9th and 10th trips, #75 stalled on "Gibson's Curve."
With real hard work from our crew we did make the grade on Saturday. However on Sunday the 10th, problems with brakes on #19602, made it necessary to double "The Hill." On Sunday the 10th we were determined to show that #75 could do it. It was slow and not without problems on Gibsons Curve but we did it all in one move.

With our marked success in these full excursions on the New York & Lake Erie Railroad. We will certainly be running them again next year for our members and the public's pleasure.

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