Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Located just 20 minutes south of Rochester, enjoy authentic vintage train rides and fun museum tours select weekends from May through October.
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Located just 20 minutes south of Rochester, we offer fun train rides and special events May through October. Ride and tour the largest collection of historic trains in New York State! We welcome new volunteers to join us for work sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Operating as usual

We are all vulnerable... Vandals broke in and tried to set fire to historic wooden coaches at the Old Colony and Newport...
05/09/2021

We are all vulnerable... Vandals broke in and tried to set fire to historic wooden coaches at the Old Colony and Newport Railway in Rhode Island this past week. What we all do in the railway preservation community is so fragile and can be lost in the blink of an eye. Fortunately the vandals didn't get very far and gave up, but the damage remains.

We got the stone all leveled out down at the Depot, now we are ready for our concrete mason to come in and build forms t...
05/08/2021

We got the stone all leveled out down at the Depot, now we are ready for our concrete mason to come in and build forms to pour a new slab.

We got the stone all leveled out down at the Depot, now we are ready for our concrete mason to come in and build forms to pour a new slab.

Work continues inside and out on Lehigh Valley 95100.
05/08/2021

Work continues inside and out on Lehigh Valley 95100.

We need to give this area a few days to dry out before we finish leveling the soil and build a new fence. In the meantim...
05/08/2021

We need to give this area a few days to dry out before we finish leveling the soil and build a new fence. In the meantime, David Gwilt used his hedge trimmer to clear out some of the undergrowth alongside Track 6 so our visitors can get a better view of the displays.

Clearing out old lumber from under Car 60, repairing some track safety devices, and fixing a broken picnic table are jus...
05/08/2021

Clearing out old lumber from under Car 60, repairing some track safety devices, and fixing a broken picnic table are just some of the tasks we are taking care of this weekend.

Charlie and Justin prime the window frames for Erie C254.
05/08/2021

Charlie and Justin prime the window frames for Erie C254.

Thanks to West Shore Brewing Company for honoring another locomotive in our historic collection! "Photo Finish" is a dry...
05/05/2021

Thanks to West Shore Brewing Company for honoring another locomotive in our historic collection! "Photo Finish" is a dry-hopped cream ale named in honor of Eastman Kodak No. 9, an Alco RS-1 that worked the Kodak Park Railroad for many years before it was donated to our museum in 1996. Four-packs of this beer will be for sale at our Sippin' and Switching Train Rides on May 22, on a first come, first served basis. Tickets on sale soon!

🔥🔥 Photo Finish - Ruby Raspberry Dry Hopped Cream Ale - 4.5% - Crisp and dry cream ale, brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn, then dry hopped with Motueka. Blended with grapefruit and raspberry to bring a delicious summer crusher. Obviously has hints of grapefruit and raspberry but the surprise to us is the lemon and lime citrus notes on top of that.

4 packs go on sale tomorrow, release is this Saturday. #westshorewashere

Our New York Central caboose turns 100 years old this year! Built at Oswego Shops in 1921, it was retired from service a...
05/05/2021
NYC 19877, Charlotte, NY, 1965

Our New York Central caboose turns 100 years old this year! Built at Oswego Shops in 1921, it was retired from service and sold to a private owner in 1972. It was donated to our museum in 1987, and has since been restored by volunteers and remains in regular operation on our museum railroad. Thomas Brewer captured 19877 in service on a local freight on the Charlotte Branch in March 1965.

New York Central caboose 19877 on the rear of a freight train headed north up the Charlotte Branch, March 1965. The crew has just finished switching the "box shop" off Boxart Street. This caboose is now part of the museum collection, restored by volunteers, and in regular operation. Photo by Thomas....

Volunteers used our Ford forklift to replace the safety cage on top of the Kodak tank car. Photo by Jeremy Tuke
05/05/2021

Volunteers used our Ford forklift to replace the safety cage on top of the Kodak tank car. Photo by Jeremy Tuke

Volunteers used our Ford forklift to replace the safety cage on top of the Kodak tank car. Photo by Jeremy Tuke

Justin Carmona is removing the last of the masking and cleaning off any adhesive residue.
05/04/2021

Justin Carmona is removing the last of the masking and cleaning off any adhesive residue.

Justin Carmona is removing the last of the masking and cleaning off any adhesive residue.

More body filler applied to the west side of LV 95100, and suport brackets have been installed on the steps.
05/04/2021

More body filler applied to the west side of LV 95100, and suport brackets have been installed on the steps.

The safety cage has been replaced on top of the tank car today!
05/04/2021

The safety cage has been replaced on top of the tank car today!

The safety cage has been replaced on top of the tank car today!

Charlie Marks finished up our new staircase into the baggage car exhibit! We will let the wood dry up for a few months b...
05/04/2021

Charlie Marks finished up our new staircase into the baggage car exhibit! We will let the wood dry up for a few months before we apply green stain to it.

Charlie Marks finished up our new staircase into the baggage car exhibit! We will let the wood dry up for a few months before we apply green stain to it.

We are celebrating 50 years since the purchase of Industry Depot from Erie Lackawanna Railroad in 1971! These photos sho...
05/03/2021

We are celebrating 50 years since the purchase of Industry Depot from Erie Lackawanna Railroad in 1971! These photos show the depot in 1973 just a couple of years into the renovation carried out by our volunteers. 📷 Vintage photos by Ward Kenneth Darron Jr.

We had a special visitor today! Jim Schlegel (center), the Mayor of Kutztown, Pa., stopped by to visit our museum with f...
05/01/2021

We had a special visitor today! Jim Schlegel (center), the Mayor of Kutztown, Pa., stopped by to visit our museum with friends as they were railfanning across our part of the state. Jim is no stranger to railroading as he is also a conductor on The Allentown & Auburn Railroad!

We had a special visitor today! Jim Schlegel (center), the Mayor of Kutztown, Pa., stopped by to visit our museum with friends as they were railfanning across our part of the state. Jim is no stranger to railroading as he is also a conductor on The Allentown & Auburn Railroad!

Expanding the Overlook area and preparing to re-open our refrigerator car exhibit. Before we could level the earth we ha...
05/01/2021

Expanding the Overlook area and preparing to re-open our refrigerator car exhibit. Before we could level the earth we had to remove a very large tree stump... do you want to dig in the dirt with us? We are always looking for new volunteers!

Cleaning up old ties from our big tie replacement project, setting aside the good ones for dunnage.
05/01/2021

Cleaning up old ties from our big tie replacement project, setting aside the good ones for dunnage.

Building new stairs for the baggage car exhibit, and staining the woodwork in the gift shop today!
05/01/2021

Building new stairs for the baggage car exhibit, and staining the woodwork in the gift shop today!

Installed the water tank inside LV 95100.
05/01/2021

Installed the water tank inside LV 95100.

Installed the water tank inside LV 95100.

More restoration progress today on Lehigh Valley caboose 95100.
05/01/2021

More restoration progress today on Lehigh Valley caboose 95100.

This portion of the original concrete station platform has been damaged for many years. This weekend we removed the old ...
05/01/2021

This portion of the original concrete station platform has been damaged for many years. This weekend we removed the old concrete and will pour a new slab in the coming weeks.

Our friends at WESTERN NEW YORK RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY have preserved a Lehigh Valley Railroad diesel locomotive and...
04/28/2021
Classic train engine arrives in Western New York

Our friends at WESTERN NEW YORK RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY have preserved a Lehigh Valley Railroad diesel locomotive and moved it to their Williamsville Lehigh Valley Depot for display!

The Western New York Railway Historical Society's Vice President Marty Visciano says they're going to spend the next year restoring it.

Our Tuesday Night Track Gang is back at it again! We're always looking for additional members who want to lend a hand. M...
04/27/2021

Our Tuesday Night Track Gang is back at it again! We're always looking for additional members who want to lend a hand. Message us for details!

Contractors from Blastec of Henrietta have completed the job to media blast, prime, and paint the roof of Erie caboose C...
04/27/2021

Contractors from Blastec of Henrietta have completed the job to media blast, prime, and paint the roof of Erie caboose C254.

Lots of activity this morning at the Museum. We work hard to preserve Rochester's railroad heritage for you to enjoy! Pl...
04/27/2021

Lots of activity this morning at the Museum. We work hard to preserve Rochester's railroad heritage for you to enjoy! Please message us if you would like to get involved.

The roof of Erie C254 got meda blasted and primed today by our contractor Blastec of Henrietta. A fresh coat of black pa...
04/26/2021

The roof of Erie C254 got meda blasted and primed today by our contractor Blastec of Henrietta. A fresh coat of black paint goes on tomorrow!

Finishing up repair of the subfloor in Erie C254.
04/25/2021

Finishing up repair of the subfloor in Erie C254.

Installing brackets for the caboose steps and starting on exterior finish work on LV 95100.
04/24/2021

Installing brackets for the caboose steps and starting on exterior finish work on LV 95100.

Nice day for some spring cleaning around Museum today...
04/24/2021

Nice day for some spring cleaning around Museum today...

Here's our full 2021 calendar of events... Tickets on sale soon at RochesterTrainRides.com
04/22/2021

Here's our full 2021 calendar of events... Tickets on sale soon at RochesterTrainRides.com

Here's our full 2021 calendar of events... Tickets on sale soon at RochesterTrainRides.com

Volunteers Charlie Marks, Scott Gleason, Rick Auburn and Dave Peet install pallet racks/shelving on the recently complet...
04/21/2021

Volunteers Charlie Marks, Scott Gleason, Rick Auburn and Dave Peet install pallet racks/shelving on the recently completed concrete floor section in our Restoration Building on 4/20/21

Repairs to Erie C254 continue.
04/18/2021

Repairs to Erie C254 continue.

Our contractor Scott Symans helped our Track Dept. correct an alignment issue in the Hill Block on Sunday morning.
04/18/2021

Our contractor Scott Symans helped our Track Dept. correct an alignment issue in the Hill Block on Sunday morning.

Just another busy Saturday... Our volunteers are working hard to preserve Rochester's rich railroad heritage for future ...
04/17/2021

Just another busy Saturday... Our volunteers are working hard to preserve Rochester's rich railroad heritage for future generations to enjoy! JOIN US...

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282 Rush Scottsville Rd
Rush, NY
14543

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Located just 20 minutes south of Rochester, we offer fun train rides and special events April through December. Take a trip back in time as you ride and tour the largest collection of historic trains in New York State! We welcome new volunteers to join us for work sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays. All aboard! Message us for details.

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Baggage Cars Bath 489022 DL 2078-now at R&GV in Industry. Bath, NY 5-9-71 Robert McKinney coll. Shown on a siding of the former ERIE, in 2020 operated by the B&H
A school the size of Industry's must have required a lot of coal to heat the place. Was there ever a siding to deliver carloads of coal?
R&S crew at East Salamanca in 1987. Anybody recognize that fella in the middle?
Amazing experience highly recommended!!!!
My little guy loved every minute his birthday is Nov 6th this was a great gift for him! Ty for making it possible with COVID was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to get the excitement I achieved and it’s all thanks to your hard working volunteers! You have my support for life and look forward to many more experiences!!!!
I did a presentation on the B&O-BR&Ps 4th Sub on Thursday night and we were discussing the Perry to Rochester Commuter train and when it was taken off well I asked the question and David M. Hamilton replied with this article an photo-tks David From the Clark Rice Photography Collection at the Perry Public Library. Much of it digitized at https://nyheritage.org/collections/clark-rice-photography-collection. Some good stuff.
Nighttime railroading in Rush
Night time railroading in Rush Conductor Tuke
Tuesday Night Track Gang back at it on Switch 2...
Enjoyed attending the "virtual" meeting from my home in San Diego. Nice to see and hear old friends and seeing the huge progress in restoration that has been happening. Thanks Otto for putting this together.
Any rides in November? I can't make it this weekend :(
Our Day Habilitation site for FLDDSO have been there! Our folks enjoyed it, the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly