Historic Train Ride Through Binghamton

By Bryan Mercer
By Bill Webster

Historic Train Ride Through Binghamton

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:40 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a trip through history that's more than 1000 miles long, and it passed through Binghamton earlier today.

This afternoon, a passenger train made its way through the Southern Tier, passing through Binghamton, Elmira, and Corning.

The Pacific Limited Special is on a 5-day roundabout journey from New York to Philadelphia.

The rail line typically only carries freight cars, but today enthusiasts got a look at the rare trip.

Spectators also got to watch the 1950s-era train pass through their neck of the woods.

"Well I'm kind of a train buff," said Patrick Doyle of Binghamton. "This is a great opportunity for the region because this kind of train doesn't come through here much anymore. It's nice opportunity for Binghamton to see what trains are like, and someday bring them back to Binghamton."

The old Erie Railroad line hasn't carried passenger rail services for more than thirty years.

This trip will wrap up on Monday in Philadelphia.