May 10, 2004

Lehigh Valley Memories

Next Monday night, the Dryden Town Historical Society will be hosting a presentation that should interest anyone who wants to know more about the trains that used to run through the Town of Dryden.

Daniel Armitage grew up in Freeville, NY, with a train station in his backyard. From the age of five he spent a lot of time with people like Ken Rice, the Station Master. Over the years he became friends with all of the train crews and, in 1963, got his first ride in a locomotive with engineer Nick Fiske. It wasn't long before every crewman on the Buffalo Division of the Lehigh Valley Railroad knew about the "kid from Freeville" and, as he got older, he was allowed to ride almost anytime and anywhere he wanted.
This idyllic childhood lasted until the demise of the Lehigh Valley in 1976. Mr. Armitage enjoys sharing his memories and has amassed a large collection of slides documenting the railroad. Join the Dryden Town Historical Society on Monday, May 17, 2004 in the Dryden Village Hall (map) for "Lehigh Valley Memories." The evening will begin at 7 PM with the Annual Meeting followed by the featured program at 7:30 PM. Anyone who loves railroads will enjoy this program and anyone with memories of their own railroading experiences that they'd like to share is encouraged to attend.
This program is free and open to all with donations gratefully accepted. For more information contact Mary Hornbuckle (898-3461).
Posted by simon at May 10, 2004 7:32 AM in
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