Marty Phelps made a big difference for Medina with Train Museum

Posted 28 April 2017 at 10:43 pm


I’m devastated from the passing of Medina’s favorite railroad engineer, Marty Phelps, who dedicated his life to the children of Western NY.

I learned of Marty’s illness last week, and hoping that he wasn’t as sick as I was told, went to the train museum for an explanation; or better yet, an affirmation that he would be OK after his cancer diagnosis! When I was told that he was incurable and dying, the rest of my day deteriorated.

I drove around for hours praying, denying, furious with the reality that my friend was dying from the most vicious disease on earth: CANCER.

It comes like a thief in the night, stealing friends, family and, in our case, an irreplaceable man who was responsible for helping with the revitalization of Medina, NY.

Marty was the hero of our town, bringing thousands of people to WNY for his train events, from Thomas the Train to the Polar Express. Marty cared about our children, and was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met.

To say he will be missed is an understatement; and he will never be forgotten.

Godspeed, my friend.

Kimberly Kennedy