The Restoration of The Depot of South Dayton New York

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The South Dayton depot was built in 1875 and is considered by many of the village residents an important part of the area’s history.

The depot was also featured in “The Natural” with Robert Redford and “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” with Steve Martin and John Candy.

South Dayton, New York is a small village located on the New York & Lake Erie Rail line.  As you are driving on Pine Street / 322 State Road, you will see the depot located directly across from Zollinger’s Hotel.

I have many fond memories of the depot as a teenager, because my mother had a Christmas gift shop there with an old fashion popcorn machine.  Many people over the years enjoyed visiting the South Dayton, NY depot and I look forward to seeing it reopened.

In the late 80′s and the early 90′s I remember riding on the New York & Lake Erie Railroad train.  This train ride had a murder mystery dinner and you could ride on an open car that allowed you to take in the scenery.

Over the last couple of years, the New York & Lake Erie Railroad train has not been as active in the South Dayton, NY area as it use to be.  Below is a picture of the 6758 at the South Dayton, NY depot.

Scott Symans has brought his little black American Viscose Locomotive #6 train to South Dayton, NY and it would be great to see more of his train in the area.   The small image located to the left below is a current picture of Scott’s train.

Scott Symans is one of the few to own a steam locomotive in New York State.  Scott Symans is from Dunkirk, NY and he amazingly rebuilt the former American Viscose Company No. 6.

The No. 6 that Scott restored is from 1925 and it is a product of Baldwin Locomotive Co., Philadelphia, Pa.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Scott Symans and he is a great person.

Below is a picture of the South Dayton station in 1909 courtesy of the Syracuse University Library.  It’s always fun and interesting to see what the South Dayton station looked like in the past.  Just imagine what it would be like to ride a train back in the early 1900′s.

Below is a picture I took on November 18th 2010 of the South Dayton, NY depot after it’s basic restoration.  A few years ago, the Village received $16,500 from Senator Cathy Young and a foundation grant of $3500 to restore the depot.  At this time, there is still more work that needs to be done on the inside of the depot.  By the summer of 2011, it should be open as a rail museum with the ticket window from The Natural Movie.

Below is another picture I took of the front part of the South Dayton, NY depot.  As you can see, the outside restoration of the depot looks great.  Located directly behind the depot is Harry Austin Milling Inc.

Posted by DeWayne Strickland on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010. Filed under Local News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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