Hornell Erie Depot Museum

Hornell Erie Depot Museum Hornell Erie Depot Museum - Established 2005 Visit us at eriedepot.org

The purpose of our museum is, "To preserve the history and mementos of the men and women of the Hornell area, and the Hornell area railroad industry. To educate the public on the history of the people and industry which formed the backbone of the Hornell community."

John Kucko Digital
07/04/2019

John Kucko Digital

Morning Glory: As calm and beautiful as a July morning can be here at Seneca Falls, NY to begin the week. The 1844 Seneca Knitting Mills looks sensational, ready to be the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The Seneca Falls Canal Fest is this week (July 5-7).

John Kucko Digital
07/03/2019

John Kucko Digital

The Sherwood Inn: Dating back to 1807, when it first was a tavern built by Isaac Sherwood, the Sherwood Inn is an iconic staple of Skaneateles, NY. Facing beautiful Skaneateles Lake, the tavern served as headquarters for Mr. Sherwood’s stagecoach business back in the day. This Finger Lakes Region treasure has changed hands over the years, but it’s charm has remained. It has been an inn since around 1840 and the legacy grows each and every year. I have never been, but mention Skaneateles Lake and, seemingly, this place always comes up in conversation. I captured this image Monday morning before getting onboard the “Mail Boat” (see Monday posts). You can learn more here: The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY

Hmmmmm close by.
07/01/2019

Hmmmmm close by.

The weekend is shaping up to be fantastic! Why don't you ride the Tioga Central Dinner Train, Friday Night departing at 5:00 pm from beautiful downtown Wellsboro, across from the Wellsboro House Restaurant? The Dinner menu is a choice of Chicken Courdon Bleu or Slow Cooked Roast Beef. All Dinners come with two sides, dessert, and a beverage. Ask us about our vegetarian meal or our small kids meal? Call us at 570-724-0990 or buy tickets on-line at TiogaCentral.com. Enjoy your Weekend with the Tioga Central Railroad!

06/12/2019
First look inside Amtrak's next-generation Acela train

Stanley Hall Hornell Erie Depot Museum’s Saturday volunteer is featured in this news story by CBS! Super cool Stanley!

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/first-look-inside-amtraks-next-generation-acela-train/

Amtrak plans to replace its popular Acela trains in 2021. The new trains will hold more people, travel faster, and have improved safety features – and they are being assembled in the U.S. Kris Van Cleave gets a first look at the future of high-speed rail.

Please take a moment to consider the time and effort our volunteers take to open the museum each week. Prayers to the fa...
05/22/2019

Please take a moment to consider the time and effort our volunteers take to open the museum each week. Prayers to the family of Doug Barnard who was an original and who was put to rest yesterday.

04/19/2019

Keepsakes 2019, stay tuned;

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum is closed this evening Wednesday February 27 due to weather.
02/27/2019

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum is closed this evening Wednesday February 27 due to weather.

Facebook friends please read and share, we need your help. Right now the Hornell Erie Depot Museum desperately needs eve...
02/07/2019

Facebook friends please read and share, we need your help.
Right now the Hornell Erie Depot Museum desperately needs evening volunteers. If you can help with just two hours per week (or per month) our community museum will continue to serve the Canisteo Valley.

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum will be closed this evening due to weather. Open this Saturday 12:30-3:00 come visit us th...
02/01/2019

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum will be closed this evening due to weather.
Open this Saturday 12:30-3:00 come visit us then!

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum  will be closed this evening Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31, 2019. Stay warm...
01/30/2019

The Hornell Erie Depot Museum will be closed this evening Wednesday January 30 and Thursday January 31, 2019. Stay warm.

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation
01/15/2019
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

We’re now accepting applications for our $1,000 Professional Development Grants! This program is open to 501(c)(3) historical societies & cultural museums in New York State with annual budgets of $50,000 or less. Visit our Apply for Grants page for program details and how to apply. Get the most out of your career in 2019. #MANY2019

01/11/2019

It's cold outside with warm memories inside. Come reminisce.

01/03/2019
We are have about twenty left of these beautiful ornaments. They are available at Hornell Erie Depot Museum 111 Loder St...
12/13/2018

We are have about twenty left of these beautiful ornaments. They are available at Hornell Erie Depot Museum 111 Loder St Hornell NY Open Wed & Thur 6-8pm, Fri 4-8pm, Sat 12:30-3pm. Also available at City Hall 82 Main St Hornell NY Mon-Fri 9-4.

Get yours today! They are going fast!
12/13/2018

Get yours today! They are going fast!

We still have a few left of our Hornell Erie Depot Museum ornaments for $20.00. Available at the Hornell Erie Depot Muse...
12/07/2018

We still have a few left of our Hornell Erie Depot Museum ornaments for $20.00. Available at the Hornell Erie Depot Museum 111 Loder St., Wed & Thur 6-8pm Fri 4-8pm and Sat 12:30-3pm. Available at Hornell City Hall 82 Main St Mon-Fri 9-4.
Also available by mail: send $25 check ($20+$5s/h) with your name and address to Hornell Erie Depot Museum POBox 627 Hornell NY 14843.

Cute
11/25/2018

Cute

ALL TRAINS DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

11/06/2018
10/21/2018
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
10/21/2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Well well;) Thank you John.
10/09/2018

Well well;) Thank you John.

Preserving History: Was happy to present the Erie Depot Museum in Hornell, NY with a nice piece of the 1875 trestle that once stood at Letchworth SP. Joe Farnham (pictured on the right) first told me about this wonderful museum a year ago. I never knew it existed and came down to take a tour. It’s a wonderful place and fitting that it’s my first stop on delivering these historic pieces. The Norfolk Southern line is right in back of the museum. Back in the day, Erie Railroad owned the trestle, its trains stopped here at this 1890's depot after passing through what is now Letchworth SP. The piece will soon be on display here. Norfolk Southern was kind enough to provide trestle iron to be used for historical preservation, a classy move! Hornell Erie Depot Museum

This is wonderful, thank you John.
10/08/2018

This is wonderful, thank you John.

Preserving History: Was happy to present the Erie Depot Museum in Hornell, NY with a nice piece of the 1875 trestle that once stood at Letchworth SP. Joe Farnham (pictured on the right) first told me about this wonderful museum a year ago. I never knew it existed and came down to take a tour. It’s a wonderful place and fitting that it’s my first stop on delivering these historic pieces. The Norfolk Southern line is right in back of the museum. Back in the day, Erie Railroad owned the trestle, its trains stopped here at this 1890's depot after passing through what is now Letchworth SP. The piece will soon be on display here. Norfolk Southern was kind enough to provide trestle iron to be used for historical preservation, a classy move! Hornell Erie Depot Museum

If you missed the first annual Steuben County History Awareness Week at the Bath VFW this last week, the City of Hornell...
10/08/2018

If you missed the first annual Steuben County History Awareness Week at the Bath VFW this last week, the City of Hornell Historian Collette Cornish has placed Hornell’s display in the lobby of City Hall until the end of October. Please make time to visit Hornell World War I and World War II display.

City of Hornell Historian Collette Cornish Steuben County History Awareness WeekWorld War I and World War IIVFW  Rt 54. ...
10/02/2018

City of Hornell Historian Collette Cornish

Steuben County History Awareness Week
World War I and World War II
VFW Rt 54. Bath, NY
October 1-7, 2018
Tues-Fri 2-6pm
Sat Oct 6 10am-2pm
Gala USO Show Sun Oct 7 3:00
Haverling High School Bath NY

Come support your County Historians and Historical Societies.
City of Hornell display presented by City of Hornell Historian Collette Cornish (and wonderful husband Mitchell Cornish)

09/23/2018
John Kucko Digital

John Kucko Digital great video. We sure miss those trains..

Heading Home: Enjoy 30 seconds of one of the coolest trains around. Union Pacific’s “The Spirit”, on the point, flying through Fairport, NY last evening returning home to the Midwest. The commemorative engine honors the United States military. The passenger cars (Office Car Special) had carried corporate brass, various VIP’s, east earlier in the day. These trains are rare to see and very neat when you do come across them. Love how Union Pacific incorporates the American flag in its paint scheme. Abraham Lincoln founded the company in 1862.

09/16/2018

Tales from the Erie Railroad
Railroad men stoke memories in ‘campfire’ sessions
By Jason Jordan
The Spectator
HORNELL — History is made up of many names, faces and events. Without them being recorded, who would we be?
That's a world that former men of the Erie Railroad don't want to live in. Each Thursday evening, Gene Baker, Dick Wells, Bill Nasca, Joe Farnham, John Bush, Rick Paker and Tom Cannon get together at the Erie Depot Museum in Hornell to recall the glory days of the railroad — sessions they call the 'Erie Campfire.'
Recently,Baker,Wells,Nasca and Farnham collaborated on a brand new display for the museum, detailing the Erie's wrecking derek, a large construction and deconstruction crane.
'We pretty much have a hand in everything in here,' Baker said.
Wells, who had a habit of saving artifacts destined for the scrap heap over the years, donated the elements of the display, valued in the hundreds of dollars. A maker's plate, steam whistle and fire poker are part of the display.
A photo attached to the display shows workers filling in the Canisteo Street Underpass in 1968.
'It's where the electric trolley car passed through, and people drove their model-A's through. It's very forgotten history, and now it's just buried,' Baker said.
It recalled the era of steam, when a big beautiful machine could run like a top and make next to zero noise while producing impressive power.
'It's a living, breathing thing ... they just sit there like a rock, you just crack the throttle and there's all that power,' Wells said of steam engines.
When they're not focused on a particular task at the museum, the Erie campfire men shoot the breeze about anything, ranging from nicknames given to former co-workers (usually coinciding with your initials, or an act of deemed stupidity committed), to the sometimes ill-advised orders of management around the yards and shop.
Wells recalled an occasion when his truck was totaled because a yard-boss miscounted the number of cars in a trainset.
'He insisted, and we just said, yes sir.'
However, with the last generation of railroaders 'aging out,' according to Baker, there are fewer and fewer to tell the tale of Hornell's rightful place in history, as a hub of several divisions for the Erie.
'At that time, this town never slept. It was a very important place for the Erie Railroad. This was a 24 hour town, and the lights in (the depot) were always on' said Nasca, who went on to recall every bar and diner catering to those who worked on the railroad. Sal's Coffee Cup, The Silver Dollar, The Tops Diner, Bill's Quick Lunch, Lucy's Diner, The Texas Cafe when it was a 24-hour joint.
Sunset Inn, where many time-honored traditions were formed known as the “hydraulic sandwich” — consisting only of beer — the terminology borrowed from the Lehigh Valley.
“You always knew when there was a new bartender. They would be told to push the bottles all the way back on the shelf, and the old timers would wait for two trains to come through at the same time and all the bottles would rattle off and hit the floor ... the bar drank for free,” Cannon said.
The community was more connected around this central point in the Erie Railroad, according to the campfire participants.
“You never made black smoke in the city, only white smoke, otherwise you would hear about it from everyone with their laundry on the line that day,” Nasca said.
Additionally, the rest of the city shared in the boom times the railroad created. The families of railroad workers were granted free pass to wherever they needed to go on the line.
“It was like a family,” Baker said. “Everybody knew your name, your kids names, everybody took care of everyone, they knew your dog’s name, knew where you lived, sent you Christmas cards, there would be picnics, there was a company band and baseball team. It was a big family.”
When Cannon was a child on a train headed for Ohio that had a mishap, the conductor made sure he had a direct line to his father, who was a claim agent charged with investigating accidents.
“The conductor kept giving us candy bars, and that’s how we got through the night,” he recalled.
Keeping stories like those alive boils down to one thing, a growing support of the Hornell Erie Depot Museum. While it’s hard to pick just one, each has a favored artifact at the museum that connects them to “the good old days.” They hope that the next generation will appreciate them just as much.
Signals, photos, models and more. Each has a story.
Each year, the museum holds education days for area schools. They’ve also seen success connecting with groups of enthusiasts. But, to take the next step in becoming a destination attraction, the museum needs the public’s help in the way of donations.
“If you don’t know your history, you’re bound to repeat mistakes,” Cannon said.
However, it’s going to take a new generation of train lovers to stand up and reclaim the city’s history.
The Hornell Erie Depot Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., Friday, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, from 12:30-3 p.m.

See related post.Available now at the museum for $20. For mailing add $6 for 1 or 2 Add $8 for 3 to 4. Checks or money o...
09/14/2018

See related post.

Available now at the museum for $20.

For mailing add $6 for 1 or 2
Add $8 for 3 to 4.

Checks or money orders sent Hornell City, c/o Erie Museum PO Box 627, Hornell, NY 14843

Get yours, available now
09/10/2018

Get yours, available now

09/06/2018

We have air conditioning;)

Interesting tidbit
09/01/2018

Interesting tidbit

World War II seemed eternal 75 years ago today, on August 30, 1943, but Wayland folks quickly learned that it could get even worse when a Lackawanna passenger train trying to make up time sideswiped a switch engine at 70 mph. The passenger engine overturned, and the ruptured switch engine shot blasts of steam into the passenger cars. The sheriff’s department and Bath police department grabbed 10 doctors from the VA and rushed to the scene. Servicemen on board also rendered assistance, as did people from all the surrounding communities. Hearses, ambulances, and even flatbed trucks carried bodies to three funeral homes. When all was said and done 29 died, presenting the grim task of identifying the dead who had boarded along various points starting in New York City. Many others were injured, but it was not Steuben's WORST rail accident... a 1912 crash having killed 41 in Gibson.

The first annual Steuben County History Week October 1-7, 2018I am looking for any items of historical value to showcase...
08/22/2018

The first annual Steuben County History Week
October 1-7, 2018
I am looking for any items of historical value to showcase during this event. If you are interested in loaning any WWI or WWII items please contact me at 324-3707 or email at [email protected]
Collette Cornish City of Hornell Historian

Hornell’s first William G Pomeroy Historical marker to honor Anna Cadogan Etz, a lifelong native of Hornell NY whose c...
08/11/2018

Hornell’s first William G Pomeroy Historical marker to honor Anna Cadogan Etz, a lifelong native of Hornell NY whose contributions and voice helped change the lives of women in America. Anna was active in the NYS Women’s Suffrage Association as a speaker and newspaper columnist. She was one of the founders of the Hornell Children’s Home which has served Hornell for over 100 years. She taught “Americanization” to immigrants following WWI and she was the founder of the Hornell Equality League of Self-Supporting Women. She and her husband Charles W Etz dedicated the Children’s Room in the Hornell Public Library in memory of their son David Cadogan Etz. The National League of Women Voters recognized Anna C Etz in 1931 when her name was added on the NYS Roll of Honor.
Thank you Pomeroy Foundation and Rachel and Martha Treichler for making this happen.

Dave Shields from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Museum and Bill Nasca from the Hornell Erie Depot Museum enjoy the tour...
08/04/2018

Dave Shields from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Museum and Bill Nasca from the Hornell Erie Depot Museum enjoy the tour this morning. Tim & Bob Rosell, Rick Packer, Stan Hall (who also led a group tour through ALSTOM this morning) Bill Nasca, Dick Wells and Collette & Mitchell Cornish -we all enjoyed meeting other RR enthusiast! I enjoyed my talk with John Beattie who shared his knowledgeable about a training simulator (thank you John). CC

Full building this am. Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum group thanks for coming down.
08/04/2018

Full building this am. Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum group thanks for coming down.

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo
08/04/2018

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo
08/04/2018

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo

Hornell Erie Depot Museum
08/04/2018

Hornell Erie Depot Museum

Looking like a fabulous Saturday
08/04/2018

Looking like a fabulous Saturday

FREE TO A GOOD HOME!!MK Era lay out of the "Erie" shops.  HEAVY plate glass cover need help removing it from the museum....
07/11/2018

FREE TO A GOOD HOME!!

MK Era lay out of the "Erie" shops. HEAVY plate glass cover need help removing it from the museum.

We need the space and this item falls to the expansion;)

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo
06/25/2018

Hornell Erie Depot Museum's cover photo

Hornell Erie Depot Museum
06/25/2018

Hornell Erie Depot Museum

Our Hornell Erie Depot Museum’s Erie Education Day was so much fun! Hornell’s Bryant and St Ann’s Schools came to ...
06/06/2018

Our Hornell Erie Depot Museum’s Erie Education Day was so much fun! Hornell’s Bryant and St Ann’s Schools came to visit and enjoyed the presentation given by Eric, Bryson and Maia Jones, Eugene Baker and Collette Cornish.

06/05/2018
Erie education days going on today!!. Thank you Mr Baker, Mr. Jones and his family and Mrs. Cornish. Second graders 8-11...
06/05/2018

Erie education days going on today!!. Thank you Mr Baker, Mr. Jones and his family and Mrs. Cornish. Second graders 8-11am

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111 Loder St
Hornell, NY
14843

Opening Hours

Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00
Thursday 18:00 - 20:00
Friday 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 12:30 - 15:00

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(607) 324-7421

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