July 03, 2013
Salamanca Rail Museum is an Experience for Train Lovers of All Ages
The majestic Salamanca Train station is a work of art, with its peaked roof, ornate woodwork, custom stone and metal details. You can not only see the craftsmanship in the station but the train cars, clothing, designs and artifacts in at the museum. Stan Carlson works at the museum and is more than just a tour guide. He is a walking encyclopedia on trains and the history on the lines in Western New York. He stated that he worked on trains that serviced Western New York within the past twenty years. His grandfather worked on the Western New York train lines when they actually stopped at the Ellicottville Train before it was moved and is now the popular Elliccottville Depot Restaurant. He is more than happy to share stories about the train lines, show blue prints of the Salamanca station, roundhouse and turntable, as well as tell you about the train cars and steamers that are still running in the area. Stan Carlson is also an artist; and his paintings are on display at the museum. He has been painting trains and stations for years, and one of his paintings will be used on the cover of a book from a local author. His stories paint a picture of what life was like when the steamers and deisels rolled through the station.