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Along The Old West Shore with John Ham


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On Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the municipal building located on 15 Mountain Road, Ravena, the Ravena Coeymans Historical Society will hold its next meeting, featuring local author and historian John M. Ham. John will present a slideshow of photos included in his latest railroad book, Along the West Shore – Weehawken to Buffalo, the only book ever published about the entirety of the New York Central’s West Shore Railroad, a 450-mile line that ran along the western banks of the Hudson River and west along the Erie Canal to Buffalo on Lake Erie. When built, The West Shore Railroad chose Ravena for the first major railyard and roundhouse of its line.
The railroad played a prominent role in the development of our area. At one time there were nearly 400 men working three shifts in the yards and roundhouse, including Ravena workers on the crews of freight and passenger trains. At the turn of the century, there were eight passenger trains daily going north and nine going south through Ravena, all of which stopped at the Ravena station. Add to that number many freight trains that used the West Shore.
Ham’s book contains 312 pages—32 in color—with more than 600 photos of the historical railroad and its path from Weehawken to Buffalo. A limited number of copies will be available to purchase. Please join us for what should be a fascinating afternoon, especially for local railroad families. The entrance of the museum is located in the rear of the building and is handicapped accessible.
Light refreshments will be served.