HONESDALE - The Wayne County Historical Society announced Wednesday the Stourbridge Line has moved into the Torrey Building at 812 Main Street, which is part of the society's museum.
The move comes in anticipation of the return of the excursion runs, which are expected to resume in May to coincide with National Train Day.
The building will be used for the Stourbridge Line offices.
Fourth-generation railroader Tom Myles and representatives of the Delaware Lackawaxen & Stourbridge Railroad Company (DL&S) are organizing the return of the excursions.
The first train excursions will take place on Saturday, May 9, with the anticipated schedule of running three trains that day and two on Mother’s Day, May 10.
The full schedule of train excursions for 2015 is available at thestourbridgeline.net. For ticket call 570-470-2697.
Excursions will run every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There also will be fall foliage excursions in October.
The excursions will run between Honesdale and Hawley, with boarding at both locations and “layovers” for excursion riders in both communities.
"This rail corridor has deep roots in train transportation history, roots that are an integral part of the history of Wayne County," said Carol Henry Dunn, executive director of the historical society, in a news release.
Dunn added the society's trustees and staff are "delighted to be a part of this new venture."
To celebrate the return of the train excursions, the museum will hold an open house with light refreshments on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Stourbridge Line was started in September 1979 by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.The last train excursion was in December 2011.
The excursions had attracted between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors a year before the recession in 2007.
Local business owners and officials have said the return of the excursions will provide a boost for Honesdale and other municipalities.
Gail Tucker, executive director of the Greater Honesdale Partnership, said GHP is "very excited about the return of the passenger rail excursions" and is very supportive of the efforts of DL&S.
A release from the Wayne County Historical Society was used in this article.