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Train Excursions to Return to Honesdale
The Delaware Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad hopes to reestablish train excursions by the spring.
"We want to bring the train back bigger and better than it was before," said K.C. Smith, DL&S general manager.
The excursions ceased in September 2012, after 30 years, due to a lack of funding.
DL&S is owned by the Lackawaxen & Honesdale Shippers Association.
The association board this week approved agreements allowing the efforts of the DL&S to restart the railroad, Smith said.
Smith said DL&S also hopes to have freight service, yet it is currently unknown what would be shipped.
"We will look at all credible possibilities," said the railroad consultant.
Regarding the excursions, DL&S plans to use the 25 miles of tracks to run visitors between Honesdale, Hawley and Lackawaxen.
The railroad has multiple plans to run trains between the three municipalities, which should provide a boost to businesses in the three communities, Smith said.
Local officials and businesses are pleased and optimistic about the return of the excursions.
"This is the best possible thing to happen in the town in three years," said Jeff Hiller, owner of Trackside Grill on Main Street.
Hiller said the excursions will attract thousands of people to town.
Gail Tucker, executive director of the Greater Honesdale Partnership, said, "We can't wait for it to come back."
While there is still a lot of work to do, the first run has been scheduled for May 9, 2015. The Greater Honesdale Partnership will kick off the event with a "National Train Days" weekend, May 9 & 10.
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