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Railroad artist added to Caboose Day event in Sayre

SAYRE – Professional illustrator James Mann will be signing prints Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the annual Caboose Day sponsored by the Sayre Historical Society. Guest speaker Danny Armitage will highlight the annual festivities with a program on “The Kid from Freeville/Growing up on the Lehigh Valley Railroad” starting at 1 p.m.

CAPTION: A watercolor print of a C-420 diesel locomotive in Sayre by artist James Mann will be featured at a print signing event as part of the Sayre Historical Society’s Caboose Day on Saturday.

Special displays and tours of the 1941 Sayre-built Lehigh Valley Railroad caboose will also be part of the day’s offerings. The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, June 25. Donations will be accepted.

Mann, a professional illustrator from Coopersburg, Pa. in Lehigh County, has just released an impressive watercolor print of a Lehigh Valley Railroad C-420 diesel locomotive passing by the Sayre station. Copies of the print will be available for sale in the Burkhart Gift Shop of the historical society including 5 x 7 prints, 8 x 10 prints (matted) and notecards/envelopes. The artist will also have high quality limited edition prints for sale and will be available to answer questions. In addition to the new Sayre print, Mann has painted illustrations of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Jim Thorpe, Pa., Lehigh Valley Railroad “Snowbird” locomotives, and many other railroad-themed prints. In addition, Mann has a selection of prints depicting agriculture scenes, architecture, lighthouses and even cartographic illustrations. His website is www.jamesmannartfarm.com.

His illustration of a steam locomotive from the Strasburg Railroad appeared on the cover of Rail U.S.A. – Museums and Trips in the Eastern United States.

Mann is a member of the American Society of Railway Artists.

The historical society is located in the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad Station in downtown Sayre. The museum features two HO-scale model train layouts and displays on the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Sayre. The museum building is elevator equipped and handicap accessible. The exhibit “Sayre at 125,” highlighting the notable milestones in Sayre’s 125 years as a borough, will run until September 1 in the museum’s Rotating Exhibit Room.

The Sayre Historical Society is a non-profit museum supported by members, staffed by volunteers and a recipient of United Way funding.

In 2015, the organization received the Clement F. Heverly Outstanding Service Award from the Bradford County Historical Society.

“Growing up on the LVRR” feature of Sayre’s Caboose Day

SAYRE – Guest speaker Danny Armitage will highlight the annual Caboose Day festivities at the Sayre Historical Society on Saturday, June 25.

Photo Caption: A youngster observes the mystery of Lehigh Valley Railroad crane No. 96532 in Sayre in this undated photograph. “Growing up on the LVRR” is the subject of a special presentation on Saturday, June 25 at the Sayre Historical Society’s Annual Caboose Day.

Special displays, tours of the 1941 Sayre-built Lehigh Valley Railroad caboose and a new Lehigh Valley Railroad print by artist James Mann will be part of the day’s offerings. The event is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

The exhibit “Sayre at 125,” highlighting the notable milestones in Sayre’s 125 years as a borough, will run until September 1 in the museum’s Rotating Exhibit Room.

“The Kid from Freeville /Growing up on the Lehigh Valley Railroad” will begin at 1 p.m. with a first-person account of life spent around the railroad in upstate New York by Danny Armitage.

“I grew up in Freeville, NY where two branches of the Lehigh Valley Railroad crossed,” said Armitage. “From the age of 5, I hung out at the freight station behind my house getting to know all of the trainmen. This led to an unusual childhood of literally growing up on the railroad.”

The Marathon, NY resident has a unique perspective on the railroad.

“From 1963 until the mid-1980’s, I rode the locomotives and cabooses over 400 times and was accepted by the crews as one of their own,” he recalled. “For 26 years I resided in the Ovid area and worked for 30 years at the Willard Psychiatric Center and Willard Drug Treatment Center. This afforded me time to study both the Willard Asylum and US Army Depot railroads.”

Armitage’s program consists of a lecture and slide presentation. He has presented his program all over central New York covering the people and operations of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

The program will be held in the Henry Farley Community Meeting Room on the second floor of the museum, located in the historic Lehigh Valley Railroad station in downtown Sayre. The museum building is elevator equipped and handicap accessible.

In the Burkhart Gift Shop, the newest item for sale is a watercolor print by artist James Mann of Coopersburg, PA. The illustration shows Lehigh Valley Railroad C-420 diesel locomotive No. 414 in the Sayre yards opposite the railroad station.

Mann is a member of the American Society of Railway Artists.

The Sayre Historical Society is a non-profit museum supported by members, staffed by volunteers and a recipient of United Way funding.

In 2015, the organization received the Clement F. Heverly Outstanding Service Award from the Bradford County Historical Society.