All aboard the Lorain & West Virginia Railway! Wine on Rails was the first big event of the operating season. Next weekend we are off to the Age of Steam Roundhouse for a tour. Tickets are still available!
For those unfamiliar with the Lorain & West Virginia Railway it’s a little railroad with a long history. Basically it is a former 27 mile long branch line of the original Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway between Wellington and Lorain, OH but was operated as a separate company hence the funny name. Today 20 miles of track are owned by the Lake Shore Railway Association who currently operates 6 miles of the line. Our ultimate goal is to get all 20 back in action along with steam locomotive Nickel Plate Road 384. Plans are in the works which could see all of this happen within a few years time. I encourage anyone who wants to get involved to become a member today at www.lsra.org.
Meanwhile enjoy the photos!
EMD E8 Diesel Locomotive #101 revs up for the weekend’s first trip on the Lorain & West Virginia Railway
Vistors at the LSRA can choose from air conditioned coaches or our open air gondola
Wines were provided by Matus Winery
The Gondola is ex-Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad and was converted to an open air seating car in 5 days
Some classic cars at the crossing of RT 18
Wes of the Railway Barbershop
Stampede! The cows did not like that horn
Stopped over the Black River. This is the view down.
The Black River
The strongest grip you will ever find
Contrary to popular belief Lorain County does offer some amazing scenery. You just have to ride the train to see it!
Back into the yard
Backing into the station. The station is the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern (New York Central) Oberlin Freight House. McDonald’s now stands in its original location.
Wine on Rails Round 2 July 16, 2016
The Gondola is the FUN Car
Conductor Tom checks out the Gondola
Rear Brakeman Allan surveys the line
Most people stand rather than sit which is a very comfortable arrangement either way
Hey look a train!
Matus serving up the wine
A Fun Trip!
A Selfie in the Speeder