A historic train ride to the pumpkin patch
Virginians of all ages gathered Saturday, Oct. 19, for an afternoon train ride on the historic Buckingham Branch Railroad.
The railroad, which provides seasonal train rides to passionate fans both young and old, holds the title of the longest short line railroad in Virginia.
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Tickets were sold out for the Saturday excursion, which featured a stop at the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church’s pumpkin patch. Lucky ticket-holders from across the commonwealth boarded the train in Dillwyn, where they could choose between open-air cars or a closed-window coach. The train also featured a snack and souvenir car.
Volunteers with the Old Dominion Chapter National Railway Historical Society helped passengers on and off the train. Members of the church waited eagerly with a patch full of pumpkins ready to be picked.
Once the train stopped at the patch, passengers were allowed to pick one pumpkin each. The pumpkin patch featured wagons, decorations, art and props for the passengers to enjoy. Families and friends alike scoured the patch for a perfect pumpkin. Some planned to turn their pumpkin into a pumpkin pie. Others were in search of an ideal Halloween decoration.
After selecting their pumpkins and posing for photos, passengers boarded the train and enjoyed watching the landscape roll by on their way back to the station.
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