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Fall HSOT Upcoming Events

Sep 6, 2019

111 Oliver Street • North Tonawanda, NY
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 • 7:00 PM

The Historical Society of the Tonawandas invites its members and guests to a visit to the Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier on September 11 at 7 PM. The museum is located at 111 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, and is located in the 1922 former Erie Railroad freight depot. Note: the building is not handicap accessible, and there are a few stairs / steps involved for access the building. There is a convenient parking lot in front of the museum and additional parking is available on Oliver Street.

Due to the lack of meeting facilities, there will be no formal program. This will be a walk thru visit to tour the building and view exhibits about local Western New York railroading. This year marks 100 years since the construction of the Tonawandas track bypass on the former New York Central Railroad, and a special photo exhibit highlights this project. Members of the Niagara Frontier Chapter will be on hand to help explain exhibits and answer questions.

In addition, the museum contains exhibits on local streetcar lines and the Niagara Gorge Route. The historic John Roebling Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls, the Erie Railroad, Lehigh Valley and others which made up the large number of railway companies which once operated locally are also represented in other photo and artifact exhibits. The museum’s under-preservation EL2 interlocking tower on the west side of Oliver Street will be available for street level inspection, as will the museum’s several pieces of railway equipment, including an Erie caboose, a former Penn Central caboose, and the former Tonawanda Island locomotive. The Chapter library room will also be open for viewing.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of John Dahl’s “Track Relocation in the Tonawandas” that traces the history of the by-pass around downtown Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. The museum gift shop will be open with books, pamphlets, and the museum’s new 2020 calendar, gifts for your relatives and friends who are railroad enthusiasts.


The History Boat Tours continue on the second Thursday of the month in September and October - 9/12 and 10/10 - from 6:00-7:00 PM. Society docents will provide a narrated tour of the Niagara River and Erie Canal aboard the Queen of Peace tour boat docked across from the Remington Tavern. Tickets can be reserved online at niagararivercruises.org. Cost is $25 per person.


Official Home:  The Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.
Museum and General Office:  113 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY, 14150-2129
(716) 694-7406     Email  tonahist@gmail.com
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