Railroad Experience For Spring Walk

April 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM

         Joe Skubisz of DuBois will be the guest speaker for an outdoor program of the DuBois Area Historical Society, Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m., at the former DuBois train station, now the Cherry Law Offices on Long Avenue. Skubisz will talk about rail travel in the DuBois area. The program is free and open to the public.

         “I’m not a train historian,” said Skubisz. “I am a person interested in trains, who learned about their history because of that curiosity.”

         Skubisz intends to talk about the three major railroad lines of DuBois, the Allegheny Valley, Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh, and the Buffalo and Susquehanna. The railroads were once a major employer in DuBois and several significant buildings related to the railroad era are still located in the vicinity of the Cherry Law Offices.

         He also intends to provide some information about DuBois other rail transportation, the trolley. Also known as the DuBois Traction Passenger Railway, the trolley operated in DuBois and the surrounding areas from 1891-1926.

         Upcoming DuBois Area Historical Society activities include:

         May 27 – Galen Kilmer, DuBois High School Local History Projects, E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 7:30 p.m.

         June 5 – Festival of the Arts, E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

         September 11 – Fourth Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Open House, 28-34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

         October 16 – Third Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk, DuBois Campus of Penn State University, 6:30 p.m.

         November 13 – Fourth Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, speaker, Barb Clark, “Hidden Messages of Quilts,” DuBois Diner, noon.