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Williamsville Depot 2019

by Hal Douglass

January - February 2019

         Calling Ghost Busters. We begin this new year at the Williamsville Depot with a mystery. The ghost of station masters past seems to have returned to the Williamsville Lehigh Valley Depot. He opens the door to welcome passengers to the waiting room (although there is currently no heating there) so they can board the passing train. But wait! There hasn't been a train of any kind passing here in more than 40 years! And passenger trains were gone more than 30 years before that. So, who is the ghost of station-masters past? It’s time "to round up the usual suspects.". Of course, none of them would admit to any involvement. Are we missing something here? Of course. Modern technology to the rescue. We have a camera that records people approaching the door to the depot (from the outside). Do ghosts show up on camera? Our finest railway historical society detectives are on the case. They are sure to find the answer (we hope). If all else fails, we may have to resort to the local constabulary (Amherst P.D.). Since nothing appears to have been removed from the depot, and there is no damage, this might not reach the constabulary's highest priority. Is there even a crime? This sounds more like a case for Miss Marple than for Ellery Queen. And who knows. To quote Pogo (Al Capp's famous cartoon character), it may be that "we have met the enemy, and he is us."

Below is our Spring - Summer - Fall "Schedule of Events" put together by the Williamsville Depot Steering Committee for 2019. It's an ambitious list that we hope will draw larger crowds than we had last year. We hope that all of you will find one or more events that you'll be sure to enjoy! Hope to see you at the Depot!

         Train Show - This year, our "Winter" train show featured the Williamsville Lehigh Valley Depot display, accompanied by a presentation of its history by Marty Bauer, which was very well received.

All Aboard for the "Candy Train." Marty Visciano from the Williamsville Depot inspects the cargo in six hopper cars pulled by two Lehigh Valley engines at the 2019 Train Show at the Hamburg Fair Grounds in February. All loaded with an assortment of chocolate treats for children young and old. The layout was created with crews from Orchard Park and Williamsville. The tables for the Society were full of information for all the visitors as they entered the train show. The Williamsville Depot had a silent auction of 16 wonderful items including a "Cab Ride" for two on the Buffalo Southern Railroad for this summer. This perfect fundraiser was supported by many members of our steering committee. Bill and Mary Barren were instrumental in donating 30% of the items up for bid. They are super supporters of our Depot and we are very lucky for their long time dedication.

         Williamsville Depot Facebook Page - Joyce Haskell has reported that our Facebook page for the Williamsville Depot has had an increased numbers of hits. Recently, several have come from other rail preservation groups. Our Depot is finally drawing the attention we believe it deserves.

Spaghetti Dinner - First up among our fund-raising events for 2019 in our annual Spaghetti Dinner, this year to be held again at the Cleveland heights Christian Church on April 6th from 4-7 pm. For $10.00, you can get all the spaghetti you can eat, plus two meatballs, salad, roll and butter, a drink (non-alcoholic, of course) and dessert. For children ages 5-12 - $5.00, children under 5 are Free. Please come join us for a great meal!

         Texas Roadhouse Restaurant - Recently, the Steering Committee has been meeting for dinner on an irregular basis at the Texas Roadhouse on a weekday night. The most recent dinner was on March 9th. A small portion of the receipts for that dinner of members and other guests that attended, (identified by a ticket obtained in advance) has been donated to the restoration efforts at the Depot.

The Williamsville Depot Steering Committee is looking for people interested in the following: Construction & Maintenance, event planning, tour guides, marketing, data base management and finance/budget knowledge. We would welcome any and all help you may have to offer.

Call the Depot at 716-633-7002 or   eMail Marty V.   Thank You!

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