The Oil Region, including the route of the OC&T Railroad, will soon become the site of a World War II encampment and the re-enactments of a confrontation on a train between Allied and German forces.
Re-enactors will begin arriving in the Titusville area on Friday (June 21), and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons they will stage the commandeering of a train (utilizing the OC&T) by Allied troops. Following the departure by the “German” forces from the Perry Street Station in Titusville, a brief battle will be acted out for control of the train in the valley at Rynd Farm.
Perry Street Station will become the encampment area for the weekend, and the OC&T train will be transformed into a military transport. Uniforms, weapons and other vehicles from the World War II era will be on display.
The re-enactment is hosted by the 99th Infantry Division Historical Society based in Erie. Organizers are hoping the event will shed some light on the role of the Oil Region and its railroads in the transportation of troops, goods and supplies during World War II.