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All Aboard the Phantom Express

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Rochester: All Aboard the Phantom Express
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Jim Dickinson's love of the trains started with an American Flyer set when he was seven years old.

"I grew up on the New York Central Line up near Lake Ontario," Dickinson said. "I used to watch the train come in everyday and one day the engineer let me ride three miles up the track when I was about 10 years old and so I was sold on trains then."

He shares his love of the tracks from Medina to Lockport as president of the Medina Railroad Museum. Volunteers operate train excursions throughout the year.

"People love riding on the train, I mean, of all ages. Of course the kids love it, but a lot of the older people like it," Dickinson said.

Mason Winfield's onboard for Medina's first-ever Halloween Phantom Express for adults. It's a two-hour 30-mile ride. There are three trips scheduled this month.

Mason's a supernatural historian – a storyteller of the region's legends.

"We call them 'light 'em up' moments – when they learn something about their town, or its history, about supernatural folklore, reports of psychic phenomena – where they just go, 'oh wow,'" Winfield said.

"There are reports of crazy critters. Bigfoot! There have been a surprising number of Bigfoot sightings in this region. It's a very persistent legend along the route of the mystery train."

So this ride is a bit of history with some paranormal material on a scenic ride along the Erie Canal corridor.

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