Fall Railroad Excursions Offered In Buckingham

Published 2:04 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On October 8, 15, and 22, passenger excursions will return to the Buckingham Branch Railroad headquartered in Dillwyn. The trips will be sponsored by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Now in their 19th season, these unique excursions serve to educate the public about railroad operations and rail travel through actual experience.

Named the James River Rambler, the train will travel through some of Buckingham County's most beautiful rolling hills and deep forests. Trips to New Canton will feature a spectacular view of the James River. The train will be pulled by a diesel locomotive from the 1950's and will feature preserved passenger cars from the 1920's as well as open-air sightseeing cars.

Each day there will be two trips. At 9:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., the train will depart for a three and a half hour around trip to New Canton. On October 15 and 22, there will be special appearances by the Tom Mix Rangers. A scene from the days of the Old West will be featured during each trip.

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Fares for the trips to New Canton will be $28 for adults and $14 for children two to 12 years old; the trips to Johnson will be $14 for adults and $8 for children two to 12 years old. There are no charge for children under two who do not occupy a seat.