Well, here we are with an all new Lake Shore Railway Historical Society and Museum website. Pretty nice, don't you think? This isn't just a fresh coat of paint, the website is all new. All of the code behind the scenes creating these pages is the very latest and we'll be expanding and adding lots of interesting information to make this site a real resource for all of you. We're a little bare bones at the moment, but that will change fast.
Looks good on your smartphone, too!
If you're on your computer, use the cursor to grab the side of your browser and make the window smaller. You'll see the website respond instantly. Look at it on your phone and it will fit perfectly. That's the way sites are supposed to work these days and sooner or later, all the old sites will make the change, but we already did! Just think, a train museum website on the cutting edge, you don't see that every day.
A new domain name
The old grape-track domain had a story behind it. As Ray G explains:
the "Grape-track" was the name of the yard in front of the museum (in the grassy area in between the current CSX and NS mainlines). They were there so that, in the days before local processing (A.K.A. Welch's) produce could be loaded into ice reefers for shipment to NYC and Chicago. The installation of the 'subway' (current route 89) during WWII ended the Grape-tracks... the last part was removed in 1979.... this also ended the era of a North East Interchange track.
Of course, some people didn't know the story and were puzzled by the name, but everyone knows Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, so we set up the website with a name that matches.
You can be a part of the site, too.
Some of the articles on the site, like this one, will invite your comments and some of you may have special knowledge you can share or maybe an interesting opinion or two. From time to time we'll announce some projects you may want to help out with, making the website a better, more enjoyable place for everyone, but overall, the site will become a reference and a fun place to visit.
So, find your seat and enjoy the ride.