Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Located just 25 minutes south of Rochester, enjoy real train rides and 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.

Our volunteers performed a few training runs today using Rochester Gas & Electric 1941, a 45-ton diesel locomotive manuf...
06/06/2020

Our volunteers performed a few training runs today using Rochester Gas & Electric 1941, a 45-ton diesel locomotive manufactured by General Electric in 1941.

Volunteers getting a little training and switching out equipment in the Upper Yard, using Rochester Gas & Electric 1941,...
06/06/2020

Volunteers getting a little training and switching out equipment in the Upper Yard, using Rochester Gas & Electric 1941, a General Electric 45-ton diesel locomotive manufactured in 1941. This is the oldest diesel in our historic operating fleet.

Volunteer Jeremy Tuke applied another coat of red paint to the window drip guards fabricated by Bill Marcotte a few week...
06/06/2020

Volunteer Jeremy Tuke applied another coat of red paint to the window drip guards fabricated by Bill Marcotte a few weeks ago.

Today we cleaned out the south end of the Stillwell coach.
06/06/2020

Today we cleaned out the south end of the Stillwell coach.

Taking advantage of the nice weather, socially distant volunteer work is taking place around the museum.
06/06/2020

Taking advantage of the nice weather, socially distant volunteer work is taking place around the museum.

A little track work tonight at the depot, getting ready for our regular season.
06/02/2020

A little track work tonight at the depot, getting ready for our regular season.

Charles Rothbart is really getting into his work! This recent RIT grad is volunteering his time to do a condition assess...
06/01/2020

Charles Rothbart is really getting into his work! This recent RIT grad is volunteering his time to do a condition assessment of our 1926 Erie Railroad Stillwell coach so that we can make a plan for future repairs and possible grant funding opportunities. Please message us to get involved!
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Volunteer Dave Kehrer works on our Switch Two project while practicing extreme social distancing this morning.
05/30/2020

Volunteer Dave Kehrer works on our Switch Two project while practicing extreme social distancing this morning.

Socially distant repair work continues on our Lehigh Valley caboose
05/30/2020

Socially distant repair work continues on our Lehigh Valley caboose

05/30/2020
Tour of Fairbanks-Morse Diesel

A quick tour of our Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 diesel built for the U.S. Army in 1953. It is the only operating FM diesel locomotive in the Northeast.

The Livonia Avon & Lakeville freight train makes its daily passage past the museum on its way to Lakeville.
05/26/2020

The Livonia Avon & Lakeville freight train makes its daily passage past the museum on its way to Lakeville.

In October 2018, we hired a contractor to clean, blast, prime, and paint the roof of the Erie Stillwell coach. The proje...
05/23/2020

In October 2018, we hired a contractor to clean, blast, prime, and paint the roof of the Erie Stillwell coach. The project was paid for by a generous donation by the Stillwell Family.

Ongoing restoration and repair of our 1926 Erie Railroad Stilwell coach, acquired by the museum in 1985.

Charles Rothbart came out this afternoon to do an inspection and assessment of the windows in our 1926 Erie Railroad Sti...
05/23/2020

Charles Rothbart came out this afternoon to do an inspection and assessment of the windows in our 1926 Erie Railroad Stillwell coach. This information will help us for me plan of action to repair the window frames, and build new sashes.

Exercising the equipment and getting a few training runs in this morning at the Museum. We look forward to welcoming you...
05/23/2020

Exercising the equipment and getting a few training runs in this morning at the Museum. We look forward to welcoming you back aboard as soon as we can!

Socially distanced volunteer Bill Marcotte is grinding off two brackets that held a tank that was added to the locomotiv...
05/23/2020

Socially distanced volunteer Bill Marcotte is grinding off two brackets that held a tank that was added to the locomotive sometime in the 1940s. We are cosmetically restoring this steam engine as close as we can to its as-built 1918 appearance.

Socially distanced volunteer Chuck Whalen uses a wire wheel to remove old paint and primer from the end railings of our ...
05/23/2020

Socially distanced volunteer Chuck Whalen uses a wire wheel to remove old paint and primer from the end railings of our Lehigh Valley caboose.

Our volunteers make it happen! Many people work hard behind the scenes to preserve Rochester's rich railroad heritage. J...
05/22/2020

Our volunteers make it happen! Many people work hard behind the scenes to preserve Rochester's rich railroad heritage. Join us! Message us for details.
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05/21/2020
RGV May 2020 Meeting

May 2020 Meeeting featuring Joel Shaw and the restoration of Brooklyn Navy Yard 12, followed by Chris Hauf and his experiences on the Niles Canyon Railway.

We really get into our work! Volunteer Charlie Marks replaced the roof panels of our 1923 New York Central caboose befor...
05/21/2020

We really get into our work! Volunteer Charlie Marks replaced the roof panels of our 1923 New York Central caboose before it received a new rubber membrane roof at the end of last year. Join us and help preserve Rochester's rich railroading heritage for future generations to enjoy!
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Volunteer Bill Marcotte finishes the thumb attachment on our Case Backhoe. 
05/19/2020

Volunteer Bill Marcotte finishes the thumb attachment on our Case Backhoe. 

Tuesday night social distancing trackwork at the museum tonight. We were able to get the two rotten 14 foot switch timbe...
05/19/2020

Tuesday night social distancing trackwork at the museum tonight. We were able to get the two rotten 14 foot switch timbers removed as we work to rebuild switch two. 

MAKING HISTORY: Join our crew of volunteers and help us preserve Rochester's rich railroading heritage for future genera...
05/19/2020

MAKING HISTORY: Join our crew of volunteers and help us preserve Rochester's rich railroading heritage for future generations to enjoy! Message us for details.
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Just 12 miles from downtown Rochester, historic Industry Depot is our base of operations. Built in 1909, it is the only ...
05/18/2020

Just 12 miles from downtown Rochester, historic Industry Depot is our base of operations. Built in 1909, it is the only surviving train station built by the Erie Railroad in all of Monroe County. It has been our home since 1971, and it is where your museum visit begins.
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We fired up our rare Fairbanks Morse diesel for a little exercise today! We look forward to welcoming you back to the mu...
05/16/2020

We fired up our rare Fairbanks Morse diesel for a little exercise today! We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum soon!

Our Motive Power Supt. Joe Nugent performs an inspection prior to firing up our Shuttlewagon.
05/16/2020

Our Motive Power Supt. Joe Nugent performs an inspection prior to firing up our Shuttlewagon.

Volunteer Chuck Whelen discovered some evidence that our Lehigh Valley Caboose was one of the few to be painted in Penn ...
05/16/2020

Volunteer Chuck Whelen discovered some evidence that our Lehigh Valley Caboose was one of the few to be painted in Penn Central green (maybe). A photo of 95061 is shown as an example.

Circa 1996 image of the upper yard area prior to grading and construction of the yard and Restoration Building.
05/16/2020

Circa 1996 image of the upper yard area prior to grading and construction of the yard and Restoration Building.

More social distancing volunteer work at the museum today. Member Bill Marcotte welds an attachment on our backhoe to al...
05/16/2020

More social distancing volunteer work at the museum today. Member Bill Marcotte welds an attachment on our backhoe to allow a thumb grab, Jesse Beeley applies paint to the heat shields for the BR&P 280 and window visors recently fabricated by Bill Marcotte get primed.

While the Finger Lakes Region begins to reopen, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum remains closed to the pub...
05/15/2020
Support Railroad Preservation in Rochester

While the Finger Lakes Region begins to reopen, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum remains closed to the public at this time. As part of Phase 4 reopening, we will make an announcement when we are able to welcome visitors once again. Please consider an online donation at www.rgvrrm.org/donate to support our volunteers as we work behind the scenes to reopen. Thank you!

We maintain the largest collection of historic trains and the only operating railroad museum in New York State. All donations are tax-deductible.

05/14/2020
Genesee Valley Transportation

Congratulations to our friends at Genesee Valley Transportation for acquiring a rare high-hood Alco switcher originally built for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western!

Those familiar with our company know that preservation and a respect for our lineage is inherent to GVT Rail. With that in mind, we're happy to announce the acquistion of Lackawanna 409 (yellow engine in video), an early ALCO HH660 that turns 80 years young this year. She'll join her Lackawanna sisters SC 426 (1935 blt., fully restored) and GP8 959 (1952, under restoration). Make sure to like and follow our page for updates.

We're including an option for donations to the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Historical Society here. Their input is essential to the historic pres' process!

ALCO Locomotives Fans of the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) Delaware-Lackawanna Railfans

Socially Distant Volunteer and tin knocker Bill Marcotte test fits a newly fabricated window visor on a window today. So...
05/13/2020

Socially Distant Volunteer and tin knocker Bill Marcotte test fits a newly fabricated window visor on a window today. Soon to be primed and painted, Bill whipped up 9 of them this week!

You think your job has a lot of paperwork? You should see what it takes to run a railroad! These historic documents were...
05/13/2020

You think your job has a lot of paperwork? You should see what it takes to run a railroad! These historic documents were used by the Erie Railroad and its successor Erie Lackawanna, the same companies that operated our depot at Industry, New York.

You think your job has a lot of paperwork? You should see what it takes to run a railroad! These historic documents were used by the Erie Railroad and its successor Erie Lackawanna, the same companies that operated our depot at Industry, New York.

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282 Rush Scottsville Rd
Rush, NY
14543

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(585) 533-1431

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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 Thursdays. All aboard!

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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
Had a great time on Saturday with our grandsons at the museum. Grandma got into it with a very creative picnic setting afterward. Keep up the good work!
Cupola eye view southbound from Scanlon to Industry Depot
Cupola eye view from the shop to just north of Scanlon behind the Visocose #6
Awesome time!
Had a great time on the train
Sunday Switching, getting ready for the steam train weekends later this month...
LV 213 at Truxton, NY January, 1967. The semaphore blades I donated to the museum are on on that station in the background. (c) Ron Amberger photo.
Great Engineer!!!!