The Western New York Railway Historical Society is sponsoring two round-trip rail excursions from Buffalo to Cleveland on Oct. 27 and 28. This replaces trips planned for Oct. 6 and 7 that had to be rescheduled because of the national tragedy. The North Coast Express will depart the Exchange Street Station at 7:45 a.m. each day and travel the former route of the New York central system through Dunkirk, Westfield, North East, Erie and Ashtabula, arriving in downtown Cleveland at 11:45 a.m.
Passengers will then be able to visit nearby attractions. Within walking distance are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Steamer Wm. G. Mather Museum, which features Great Lakes shipping history. The return trip will depart Cleveland at 4:15 p.m. and return to Buffalo at 8:45 p.m.
The train consists of 17 coaches and first class lounge cars pulled by Amtrak diesel locomotives. Coach fares are $92 per adults; $87 for children under 16, those over 65 and society members. Premium service tickets, which include a continental breakfast and a light dinner served in the diner, are $169. Profits benefit the society's effort to preserve railway history in Western New York.
Call 633-7002 or visit the Web site at www.wnyrhs.com for information.
Changes in travel
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks, travel conditions are changing daily. Here are sources that can provide answers to travelers' questions and concerns.
Airlines/airports: The Federal Aviation Administration's Web site, www.faa.gov/airlineinfo.htm, lists contact info for major airlines worldwide. For direct links to airports around the globe, from Albany to Zurich, Switzerland, go to www.smilinjack.com/airports.htm.
Trains: Amtrak, 800-USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com
Buses: Greyhound, 800-229-9424, www.greyhound.com; Peter Pan Bus Lines, 800-343-9999, www.peterpanbus.com
Cruises: For direct links to dozens of cruise lines: www.cruise.com/travelinks/cruiselines1.html.
Government agencies: The Federal Aviation Administration issues frequent updates on airport openings, security measures and other salient data. There are also links to the Department of Transportation and statements from agency officials. Details: consumer hot line, 800-322-7873; aviation safety hot line, 800-255-1111; www.faa.gov.
For details on national parks and monuments, the National Park Service recommends calling the park or site directly. Contacts are at www.nps.gov.
For New York City, the hot line is 1-888-805-4040. The latest information about transportation, hotel availability, cultural institutions, retail and special services is also available at the Tourism Bureau Web site, www.nycvisit.com.
Travel sites: Orbitz offers emergency assistance guidelines on security measures, updates on airline operations and airport openings, and toll-free numbers for hotels, airlines, cruise lines and car rental agencies. There is also advice on rebooking and refunds. Details: 888-656-4546, www.orbitz.com.
Expedia (800-397-3342, www.expedia.com) and Travelocity (888-709-5983, www.travelocity.com) also inform travelers about the current situation, as well as security procedures, toll-free numbers, cancellation policies and more.