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Salamanca's Rail Museum 2012 Season Opening
Journey into the past and experience a fully restored passenger depot constructed in 1912 by the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway. Through artifacts, photographs and video presentations, you will experience an era over 90 years ago, when rail was the primary means of transportation from city to city.The rich red oak wainscoting and two story sky-lit ceiling of the building's main lobby reflects an era of simple elegance. The ticket office, which is authentic down to the office furniture and telegraph keys, gives the feel of a time of bowler hats and bustle dresses, of traveling business people in a rapidly expanding early 20th century economy.
The Rail Museum building was acquired in 1980, a vandalized vacant shell that had stood idle for over 20 years. Using a combination of private donations, government funds, and volunteer labor, the building was brought back to its original appearance. From the brick walled baggage room to the multi-windowed "Ladies Retiring Room", everything in the building is either a restored original or an exact duplicate based on the original architectural plans.
The museum exhibits show nostalgic railroad pieces with an emphasis on the three railroads that served the region: the Erie, the Baltimore and Ohio (BR & P), and the Pennsylvania Railroads.
Admission to the Museum is FREE, however, donations are appreciated. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Closed Mondays in April, October and December. Closed months of January, February and March.
The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Guided tours for groups are available by prior arrangement. Call 716-945-3133.
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