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A group of forty people left from BRODBECKS, PA. by chartered LINCOLN BUS for a four day tour June 4-5-6 and 7-1976 to Fort Erie, Canada, Niagara Falls, Canada and the steam show at Norwich, Ontario, Canada June 5-1976.
The group enjoyed an all day visit to the steam show seeing Canadian and American Steam and Gas Engines and Threshers including a large 50 H.P. Canadian Diesel weighing approximately 10 tons from Gait, Ontario, with a 7 foot diam. flywheel, 22' stroke and 11 bore; compressed air is used to start it; all equipment at the show was in operation. There also was a large Museum building on the grounds that contained a varied amount of antique exhibits of the past, and quilts, etc.
Probably the main attraction was the huge 12 ton 1897 vintage steam Calliope pulled in the parade by eight Belgian horses hitched four abreast and played by a young man at the key board.
The city of NORWICH provided free transportation by three wagons with bales of straw for seats and each drawn by two beautiful Clydesdale horses to the NORWICH community MUSEUM at the opposite end of town which many of our group enjoyed.
On June 6 sightseeing was enjoyed by all to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls area including the cable car ride over the Whirlpool on the Niagara River below the Falls, The Floral Clock, and the group was treated to lunch by Lincoln in the restaurant at the top of the Panasonic Tower 300 feet above the Falls that provided a magnificent view of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls which all enjoyed and appreciated.
We also visited 'The Pride of Fort Erie' a large 4-8-4 Canadian National Railways Steam Locomotive No. 6218 on permanent display at Fort Erie; this huge engine with a weight of over 300 tons has been viewed by people from all parts of the world: They have an old railroad station which they are making into a railroad museum and are planning landscaping and picnic grounds for the park in the near future. This engine was retired from active service in 1971, presented to the city of Fort Erie and placed in her final resting place in June 1974, is ninety five feet long and over fifteen feet high. A caboose is also part of this diplay.
On our way home Monday, June 7 we visited the Golden Seal Wineries at Hammondsport, N.Y. in the Finger Lakes region; after a movie about the growing and harvesting wine grapes, making wine and an interesting tour of the winery; samples were given to those who enjoy wines while others who did not care for them, were given root beer for refreshment.