If Bellefonte’s antique railroad snowplow and caboose could tell stories, they’d have to start somewhere in the 1920s.
We can only imagine what they’ve been through, except for the last touch up they got.
Kevin Koch, a member of the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society, recently repainted the antiques that rest in their retirement in Talleyrand Park. The snowplow and caboose, which used to bustle around the region, are static displays in the park.
“I did it, because they needed it,” Koch said. “We need to repaint them for protection in the winter. We also wanted to be ready for the train rides coming in and out and we wanted them to look nice for people. They’re just like antique cars someone would work on. They also give a nice look and give the park’s atmosphere a nice touch.”
Koch spent about 40 hours giving the antiques a makeover just in time for the BHRS’s Halloween and Fall Foliage rides this week.
Those rides will tell different stories, ones about how Halloween is approaching, how fall leaves are turning their color and how winter is on the horizon.
The annual rides will be at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, when kids are invited to dress up early for Halloween. There will also be trips 10 a.m. Saturday to Pleasant Gap, 1 p.m. Saturday to Tyrone, 1 p.m. Sunday to Lemont and 4 p.m. Sunday to Sayers Dam.
Each ride will be a round trip that begins and ends at 320 W. High St. in Bellefonte.
About 4,300 people take part in the rides each year.
The first Hallowen-themed ride and the trip to Sayers Dam were sold out as of Monday morning. The second Halloween ride is $10 per person. The Pleasant Gap and Lemont rides are $15 per person, and the Tyrone trip is $30 per person.
Tickets can be bought on bellefontetrain.org.