The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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September 23, 2013

Train ride a reminder of simpler time

Medina Journal-Register — When I was younger, my family and I would take a train from our home in Virginia Beach to Grand Central Station in New York City. From there we would take a subway to my grandparents’ apartment in Yonkers. 

After we moved back to New York State we continued traveling by train. We’d head up from Olean to Depew and again, we’d ride downstate. 

Normally, those trips occurred around the winter holiday season.

Living in Medina, and having the Medina Railroad Museum in my backyard, has allowed me to enjoy the romanticism of a train ride a bit more frequently.

As both my kids are still young, I’ve visited the museum and taken a ride in coach when the cars were pushed and pulled by Thomas. He’s a very useful engine, you know.

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of being a passenger on one of the Niagara Wine Trail Winery Trains. The space in coach seemed smaller than I remembered as a child, but I’m obviously not as small as I used to be.

No one seemed to care about the the space. Everyone on board the car seemed intent on enjoying the two-hour ride from Medina to Lockport and back. I’m sure that the mood was even more enjoyable and relaxed in First Class. 

Soon after the ride shuffled off, we all received our commemorative wine glass. A few minutes later, we were served our first, um, let’s call it a “generous” taste. All told we tasted six wines, three apiece from Victorianbourg Wine Estate and Honeymoon Trail Winery. 

Now, one thing you should know about me: I either like a drink, or I don’t. There were seven ladies — a group of five from one family and a pair from another — who sat near me in a double row. These ladies knew their wine to the point where I heard one say she could taste a certain kind of grape. I was impressed.

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