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Excursion Rides Through Wayne County Still on Hold

HONESDALE–A popular tradition in Honesdale is on hold for the second year in a row.

Over the last two years people in Honesdale say the Stourbridge Line has become nothing but an eyesore.

Weeds and shrubs fill the tracks of the once popular excursion ride through the county.

“It’s too bad it’s not running because a lot of people are losing out,” Jerry Stasse of Lake Wallenpaupack said.

Excursion rides haven’t run through Wayne County since 2011.4

Stacie Lynam, a server at Scarfalloto’s Townhouse Diner said the out of service train is impacting business.

“Its hit this local economy here for us in Honesdale. Being a worker, I’m not a business owner, but I mean it’s killing us,” Lynam said.

The Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions were called off last year because the train and its tracks were in need of repairs.

Local leaders say those repairs still haven’t happened.

The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce says its been a set back, but the chamber has shifted gears on promoting other attractions in Wayne County.

“We’re capitalizing on all of the treasures that we have and it has been working,” Donna LaBar, executive director of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce said.

Business owners and workers Newswatch 16 spoke with said the Chamber of Commerce is doing a good job trying to get people to visit Wayne County.

Workers said things won’t be back to normal until the trains are back in business.

“Because of the weather we’ve been saved by that and helping get people here. Our Columbus Day event was one of the best that we’ve had in a long time. But, with the train here it would have been even better,” Jeffrey Hiller, owner of the Trackside Grill said.

Local leaders said they are unsure when the train rides will start up again.

They are also unsure if the rides will resume at the start of the 2014 season in April.

Until then businesses and visitors say they will be anxiously awaiting.

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