2008-05-30 / Community

'All Aboard'- Rockaway Music And Arts Council Visits Yesteryear

Sharon Gabriel, RMAC tour host, from coach reserved for RMAC. Sharon Gabriel, RMAC tour host, from coach reserved for RMAC. Members of the Rockaway Music and Arts Council (RMAC) left the Rockaways for Essex, Connecticut on Saturday, May 17, on a trip to "yesteryear." Upon arrival, the group boarded a turn-of-the-century steamtrain and locomotive for a trip through the historic countryside. The railcars and engine were genuine, not reproductions. The conductor, who wore a rounded cap with gold bands around the hat, entered the car and punched all passengers' tickets, just as they did years ago. The tour included a narrative that directed passengers' attention to the various sights along the way.

Locomotive No. 97 was built by the American Locomotive Company in 1926. Locomotive No. 97 was built by the American Locomotive Company in 1926. William Gillette Castle (Seven Sisters). William Gillette was a Broadway actor who played the role of Sherlock Holmes over 1000 times. When he was sailing down the Connecticut River he fell in love with its majestic cliffs and knew it was the right place for his home. William Gillette Castle (Seven Sisters). William Gillette was a Broadway actor who played the role of Sherlock Holmes over 1000 times. When he was sailing down the Connecticut River he fell in love with its majestic cliffs and knew it was the right place for his home. Engineer preparing for the trip along the Connecticut River. Engineer preparing for the trip along the Connecticut River. Conductors posing prior to collecting our tickets. Conductors posing prior to collecting our tickets. RMAC group enjoying the ride and scenery. RMAC group enjoying the ride and scenery.

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