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Historic West Falls Train Depot Opened for Visit

Deborah Stellrecht

Nov 12, 2023

Friends of the Rail Trail Tour West Falls Section

Mother Nature provided a gorgeous backdrop for trail supporters to enjoy a guided walk along the West Falls section of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail on Sunday, November 12th. A crowd of over 40 people participated, and they were treated to a visit to the historic West Falls Train Depot, welcomed by the new owner of the depot, Conor Schneider.

Image of people entering the Historic West Falls Train Depot.
Visitors enter the West Falls Historical Train Depot.

Conor explained his long-standing interest in West Falls history, particularly since he’s lived there all his life, and his future hopes and plans for restoration and renovation of the train depot. He fielded numerous questions and expressed his desire to open the trail section adjacent to his property whenever the West Falls section is opened.


Imag of Conor Schneider speaking to a group of visitors inside the Historic West Falls Train Depot.
Conor Schneider, owner of the Depot, talks about his vision for the future.

Conor shared his pleasure with the turnout with the following statement on the West Falls Depot’s Facebook page: “A historic day at the West Falls Depot as its waiting room saw its largest crowd since the last passenger train in 1955. It was great to share my vision for this historic building and receive such encouraging support from so many during the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, Inc.’s walk through its West Falls section. This is what saving the building is all about!”


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