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SUSQUEHANNA NO. 142 PROVIDES EXCITING FATHER'S DAY ENTERTAINMENT; NYS&W RAILWAY SURPASSES 50,000 RIDERSHIP MARK

 HAWTHORNE, N.J., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway's passenger excursions have proven to be a great success in the Northern New Jersey market. This weekend, the train will host special trips for Father's Day. It's perfect entertainment for dads and the entire family.
 In addition, the railroad is expected to pass the 50,000 ridership mark over this weekend. "The 50,000 mark has been a goal for us and is a measure of our success to date," said K.C. Smith, passenger train master at Hawthorne Station. "We have extended our schedule this year to offer more trips to people and more fun for children of all ages. By setting a permanent departure location in Hawthorne, we feel we have established ourselves as an important new resident of the North New Jersey community."
 In addition to the hand-fired steam engine, refurbished vintage railcars from the 1930s, 40s and 50s provide comfortable seating as passengers enjoy the re-creation of railroading's golden age. The engine and tender weigh an incredible 154 tons and travel along the tracks at an average speed of 20 miles per hour.
 Scheduled departures are at noon and 2 p.m. on various Wednesdays through Fridays, and at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The 75-minute round-trip will travel from Hawthorne to Franklin Lakes, N.J., and ret.?
 Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and are available for rides throughout the season by calling or visiting Hawthorne Station, 201-427-7866, or by calling 800-366-NYSW (6979). MasterCard and Visa are accepted through the 800 number.
 The train also carries a Gift Shop Car which offers a large selection of souvenirs and memorabilia from the early days of railroading. A variety of snacks and refreshments are also available in the Gift Shop Car.
 In addition to the popular steam excursions, the railway hosts the famous Murder Express '93. On selected days, departing from Hawthorne Station, the Murder Express creates a rail adventure with professional theatrical productions and gourmet menus that change monthly. These elegant trips feature a "not-to-be-missed" dessert sampler, hors d'oeuvres party and open bar. The Murder Express trips, conducted by Twentieth Century Limited Tours, are available through December.
 In addition to Murder Express, the railway features a gourmet dinner train with live Cabaret Dinner Show and dancing. Departures are on selected days through December. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 908-417-9345.
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 /CONTACT: Stephanie Burns of Hanbury & Associates, 315-422-4902, for The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway/


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