Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

CHESTER ON TRACK WILL BE VIRTUAL

Nearly 30 years ago Chester On Track brought an annual tradition to Chester.  Now, in light of present circumstances, and not wanting to disappoint, Chester Station will present a Virtual Chester On Track streaming live on YouTube, as well as the Chester Railway Station Facebook page.  The event planners hope that a touch of joy in peoples’ homes is just what’s needed in this cloistered time.

So far we will be presenting musical acts by The Oakes Family, The Pitoniak Brothers, The Electric Trains, Mark Franklin, and Tommy Filliault, interspersed with videos from car clubs, drone rides, highlights of local trails like the Keystone Arches, Huntington Dance Center performing on a Keystone Arch, Chester Theatre Co., MA State Police, life on the circus train, and clips from the documentary, ‘Railroad to the Moon’ about building the Western RR through Chester and over the Berkshires.  Highlights of Chester On Tracks’ past are sure to bring a smile; take a look at some of the most interesting artifacts in the Chester Station Museum, and tour our wooden caboose glamping facility among other surprises.

At the U Tube link above, you’ll find a 24 hour webcam to monitor rail traffic past Chester Station; just visit there or Chester Railway Station on Facebook on May 16.  The event will be interactive, so you will be able to write in with comments and questions.  You can also buy the 2020 COT T-shirts online, and the COT Special Postal Cancellation will be the default cancellation at the Chester Post Office till noon on that date.  Both designs honor 3,000 of the first American immigrants who built the precedent-shattering railroad through Chester in 1840.

For more information, visit Chester Railway Station or Chester Railway Station on Facebook.

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