New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT)

New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT) A great place for train and transportation enthusiasts, young and old!
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The New York Museum of Transportation is located just south of Rochester, NY. The museum is on winter hiatus until mid-March, 2020. The museum is a unique resource, providing a wealth of historical information for students and hours of delight and education for visitors of all ages. Through our historic vehicles and photographs, trolley rides and track car rides, and model railroad displays, research library and gift shop, the museum's dedicated volunteers honor our area's transportation history, bringing it to life for today's visitors and preserving it for the future. During the ride season (mid-May through October), enjoy a scenic 2-mile round trip on an interurban trolley car, connecting to a diesel train or track car to take you to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. The trolley departs from 11:30 to 4:30. No reservations are needed. We have the only electric trolley on wire in New York State! A visit to NYMT is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Group visits can be arranged by appointment on other days.

New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT)
06/02/2020

New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT)

Here is another page to color. This is the museum's Genesee and Wyoming caboose number 8. Have fun!
05/29/2020

Here is another page to color. This is the museum's Genesee and Wyoming caboose number 8. Have fun!

05/27/2020
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In keeping with our intention to publish the museum's newsletter,
Headend, on a more frequent monthly basis while the museum is in
lockdown, the May issue is now ready for your enjoyment and can be found
at:http://nymtmuseum.org/headends/20may/may20.pdf

Another view of Rochester Subway gasoline powered locomotive L-2. This photo was taken at the car barn near the General ...
05/25/2020

Another view of Rochester Subway gasoline powered locomotive L-2. This photo was taken at the car barn near the General Motors Plant in 1949. (Tom Kirn Collection)

In 1925 one of the earliest runs on the new Subway was made with the help of a coach from the Buffalo, Rochester and Pit...
05/23/2020

In 1925 one of the earliest runs on the new Subway was made with the help of a coach from the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway. This “inspection trip” was on 19 November of that year pulled by one of I. M. Ludington’s (construction contractor) saddle-tank locomotives. The photo was taken at the Culver Road station. (From the Tom Kirn Collection, Photo by Bill Gordon)

This coloring page is that of a modern trolley. What do you think, would Rochester benefit from such a form of transport...
05/16/2020

This coloring page is that of a modern trolley. What do you think, would Rochester benefit from such a form of transportation?

If you remember the last post showing Car 168, this car could be seen behind it (Number 8). This was a bullet car build ...
05/15/2020

If you remember the last post showing Car 168, this car could be seen behind it (Number 8). This was a bullet car build by J.G.Brill Company and is shown in the same location as our last post (Bryn Mawr). These cars are why the Strafford Cars (including Cars 161 and 168) were rebuilt. The bullet cars were built mostly of aluminum and were designed with the help of wind tunnel testing. As delivered, they were capable of a top speed of 90 mph. Later modifications reduced their speed to 70 mph. These cars were built in 1931 with a length of 55’ 2 inches, seated 57 (later 53) with the last of them running until 1990. (Photo by George Forero)

Car 168 passes a Brill Bullet Car on the Philadelphia and Western (now Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authorit...
05/13/2020

Car 168 passes a Brill Bullet Car on the Philadelphia and Western (now Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [1970]) near Bryn Mawr, PA in the 1970s. When built, Car 168 and sister Car 161 were capable of a top speed of 45 mph. During the 1930 the P&W introduced the Brill Bullet car (top speed of 70 mph) as seen in our accompanying picture. Car 168 (Strafford Car) was now in the way of these new “bullets”. Most Strafford cars were sped up by 1935 but Car 168 was not sped up till 1942 with a new top speed of 70 mph. (Car 168 and Car 161 are now in the collection of NYMT. Photo by George Forero)

Car 168 while in service on the former Philadelphia and Western at the car barn and maintenance shop near the 69th Stree...
05/09/2020

Car 168 while in service on the former Philadelphia and Western at the car barn and maintenance shop near the 69th Street terminal in Philadelphia. Car 168 was from a group of cars (160-170) known as the Strafford cars as they served Strafford, Pa. The car was originally numbered 68. The car was built in 1929 and was originally painted Moss Green with white lettering. The car seats 56 people and is 50'6" long; it has four 100 hp. traction motors. Cars 168 and 161 now reside at NYMT. Note the former Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Electroliner on the siding to the right of 168. (Photo from George Forero, ca. early 1970s)

Here is our next coloring page for you to work on. How have the pictures been going so far?
05/08/2020

Here is our next coloring page for you to work on. How have the pictures been going so far?

Back in April when we posted a picture of a Rochester "submarine car", Otto Vondrak sent us a copy of a General Electric...
05/07/2020

Back in April when we posted a picture of a Rochester "submarine car", Otto Vondrak sent us a copy of a General Electric advertisement. This trade advert was extolling the benefits of the GE-258 traction motor for low floor street cars. The text noted that Rochester had 300 of these motors in its inventory.

The Ultimate Kit! Purchased in 1928 from General Electric, L-1 came to Rochester as a kit. This was the first of the two...
05/06/2020

The Ultimate Kit!
Purchased in 1928 from General Electric, L-1 came to Rochester as a kit. This was the first of the two new locomotives the subway purchased. The subway's St. Paul Street shop assembled the locomotive. L-1 was scrapped in 1956 at the car barn when the subway closed to passenger traffic.(G. Layton, Tom Kirn Collection)

Rochester Subway Locomotive L-2 built by the Plymouth Locomotive Works in 1937. It is a gasoline-mechanical powered loco...
05/04/2020

Rochester Subway Locomotive L-2 built by the Plymouth Locomotive Works in 1937. It is a gasoline-mechanical powered loco weighing 35 tons. This locomotive was only 1 of two pieces that were purchased new for the subway. This loco currently resides at the New York Museum of Transportation. (Photo from Tom Kirn Collection)
The second picture is a copy of one of Plymouth's catalog pages for the loco.

Rochester Subway Locomotive L-2 built by the Plymouth Locomotive Works in 1937. It is a gasoline-mechanical powered loco weighing 35 tons. This locomotive was only 1 of two pieces that were purchased new for the subway. This loco currently resides at the New York Museum of Transportation. (Photo from Tom Kirn Collection)
The second picture is a copy of one of Plymouth's catalog pages for the loco.

Line car 0105 at East Avenue loop.  Photo by Shelden King, April 8, 1950, and is part of the Tom Kirn Collection at NYMT...
05/03/2020

Line car 0105 at East Avenue loop. Photo by Shelden King, April 8, 1950, and is part of the Tom Kirn Collection at NYMT.

1938 aerial view of East Avenue.  Intersection of East Avenue and Winton Road at upper left.  This area is now the Can o...
05/02/2020

1938 aerial view of East Avenue. Intersection of East Avenue and Winton Road at upper left. This area is now the Can of Worms. Photo from the Tom Kirn Collection at NYMT.

Exchange Street interurban station, Rochester N.Y The Exchange Street station for interurban railroads at 112 Exchange, ...
05/01/2020

Exchange Street interurban station, Rochester N.Y
The Exchange Street station for interurban railroads at 112 Exchange, the northeast corner of Court and Exchange. The station was used by the Rochester and Eastern Rapid Railway and the Rochester and Sodus Bay Railway until 1927. People are standing on the corner. The sign on the window reads Electric Passenger & Express Service. The building was razed in 1951 to make way for the War Memorial. ( Rochester Public Library Local History Division picture file)

New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT)
05/01/2020

New York Museum of Transportation (NYMT)

Weekend is coming and it is time for another coloring book page.(Drawing by James Dierks)
05/01/2020

Weekend is coming and it is time for another coloring book page.(Drawing by James Dierks)

Here is a picture of L-2 being loaded on a trailer for delivery to the Museum (circa late 1970s). Notables include J Jub...
04/30/2020

Here is a picture of L-2 being loaded on a trailer for delivery to the Museum (circa late 1970s). Notables include J Jubenville and in the coveralls R Holihan. Picture provided by Michael Storey
(Note: L-2 is a Plymouth gasoline powered locomotive [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plymouth_Locomotive_Works] originally owned by the Rochester Subway.)

04/30/2020

The April 'Headend' is now available on our website!http://www.nymtmuseum.org/headends/20apr/apr20.pdf

Flash Back! Who remembers the day NYMT hosted WXXI TV and Dinosaur Train (the children's TV program on PBS)? These are p...
04/28/2020

Flash Back! Who remembers the day NYMT hosted WXXI TV and Dinosaur Train (the children's TV program on PBS)? These are pictures of that day. WXXI had set up a table with show information and handouts. Also present was a Dinosaur train mock-up This event took place on May 15, 2011. Dinosaur Train still runs on PBS (Public Broadcast System).
There was one more item that day and it was rain and rain and more rain. The parking lot (our grassy field) turned to mud. We had to get the tractor out to help people out of our packing area. This photo does not show the crowd of cars but the lot was full earlier in the day. The crowd was so large we had to hand out "rain checks" so our guests could get their ride at another time. (Photo by Doug Anderson)

Flash Back! Who remembers the day NYMT hosted WXXI TV and Dinosaur Train (the children's TV program on PBS)? These are pictures of that day. WXXI had set up a table with show information and handouts. Also present was a Dinosaur train mock-up This event took place on May 15, 2011. Dinosaur Train still runs on PBS (Public Broadcast System).
There was one more item that day and it was rain and rain and more rain. The parking lot (our grassy field) turned to mud. We had to get the tractor out to help people out of our packing area. This photo does not show the crowd of cars but the lot was full earlier in the day. The crowd was so large we had to hand out "rain checks" so our guests could get their ride at another time. (Photo by Doug Anderson)

Car 168 has a short layover at Midway station as the crew changes ends. (Trolley poles are reversed, and control handles...
04/27/2020

Car 168 has a short layover at Midway station as the crew changes ends. (Trolley poles are reversed, and control handles taken to opposite end of the car). What was the rear end of the car in this picture is now the front. As soon as the motorman closes the door he can proceed with the permission of the conductor. This picture was taken on a nice summer day in 2017. (Photo by Doug Anderson)

This view of Rochester Subway electric locomotive L-1 reminds us that the Subway also provided freight service both to b...
04/27/2020

This view of Rochester Subway electric locomotive L-1 reminds us that the Subway also provided freight service both to businesses along the line and for interchange between Rochester's five railroads. (Tom Kirn Collection. Date unknown.)

Rochester Subway car 2006 departs Glenwood Avenue station on a summer day in the early 1950s.  The 2000-series cars kept...
04/26/2020

Rochester Subway car 2006 departs Glenwood Avenue station on a summer day in the early 1950s. The 2000-series cars kept their original classic Pullman green paint scheme throughout their service on the Subway (Photographer unknown.)

Here is a second photo provided to NYMT by George Forero of Car 161 at the Villanova Stadium Station of Southeastern Pen...
04/26/2020

Here is a second photo provided to NYMT by George Forero of Car 161 at the Villanova Stadium Station of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Date: unknown. Car 161 is drawing power from the 3rd rail (you can see some of the power details in this photo). The trolley poles you see on the car today were added after the car left the Philadelphia and Western Railway.

This is car 154 on the former Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway which ran from Rochester to Geneva, later was the New Yo...
04/25/2020

This is car 154 on the former Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway which ran from Rochester to Geneva, later was the New York State Railways'. This picture is from 1914 just after a new block signal system reduced running times on the line. You could go from Rochester to Geneva in 1 hour 45 minutes. The cars entered Rochester in the new subway in 1928 and were gone by 1931. (General Railway Signal Company photograph.)(Published in "The Interurban Era" 1961)

Just in time for the weekend! Here is our 5th coloring book page. Car 46 in the Rochester Subway under Broad Street.
04/24/2020

Just in time for the weekend! Here is our 5th coloring book page. Car 46 in the Rochester Subway under Broad Street.

Here is the 4th picture in our series of coloring book pages for you to color. Have fun!
04/21/2020

Here is the 4th picture in our series of coloring book pages for you to color. Have fun!

This is the Rochester Subway under construction in the 1920s. This picture was taken at Broad and Exchange Streets. Reme...
04/20/2020

This is the Rochester Subway under construction in the 1920s. This picture was taken at Broad and Exchange Streets. Remember the picture we published earlier of this intersection in the 1940s during the Winter? The subway sheltered entrance is where the stair case is in this picture.

As promised in an earlier comment today, here is the photo of a 'Submarine' type street car, Rochester N.Y. around 1917....
04/19/2020

As promised in an earlier comment today, here is the photo of a 'Submarine' type street car, Rochester N.Y. around 1917.It is a trolley car on a residential street, showing a Park Avenue destination, and bearing the number 1236. Cars in the 1200 series were known as submarines. They weighed about 31,900 pounds and held 52 passengers (Rochester Images digital collection, Rochester City Hall Photo Lab repository, Monroe County Library - Slide made from a lithograph reproduced in "94 Years of Rochester Railways" by William Gordon Reed, c. 1975, v. I, p. 163. Caption reads "1236 in 1917. New in all green color. Two man car." Source of original unknown.)

Two more Albert R Stone photos on the 1918 flu epidemic. Disinfecting the streetcars was done daily on the New York Stat...
04/19/2020

Two more Albert R Stone photos on the 1918 flu epidemic. Disinfecting the streetcars was done daily on the New York State Railways Rochester lines during the 1918 influenza (flu) epidemic. It was a two workmen job. They would scrub the seats and spray disinfectant on the steps and railings.

Covid-19 might be our first pandemic, but not America's! Here is a photo showing a Rochester streetcar being disinfected...
04/19/2020

Covid-19 might be our first pandemic, but not America's! Here is a photo showing a Rochester streetcar being disinfected during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic! (from the Alfred R Stone collection, RMSC/RPL)

Rochester Subway Car 48 is westbound at the Winton Road Station in this 1954 view. (Note: Rochester Subway practiced lef...
04/19/2020

Rochester Subway Car 48 is westbound at the Winton Road Station in this 1954 view. (Note: Rochester Subway practiced left hand running because of the center platforms. Passenger doors were on the right hand side of the cars.)

Now that Winter is over we thought that we would show you a picture of Broad and Exchange Streets in the 1940s. The Shel...
04/18/2020

Now that Winter is over we thought that we would show you a picture of Broad and Exchange Streets in the 1940s. The Shelter in the upper left hand corner of the picture is the entrance to the Rochester Subway. The subway ran under Broad Street. (I think I would rather take the subway than drive in this stuff.)

Did you ever wonder how our brick loading platform was built at NYMT. Here is a series of photos showing the steps taken...
04/18/2020

Did you ever wonder how our brick loading platform was built at NYMT. Here is a series of photos showing the steps taken to create this great platform. All of the bricks used in this project are reclaimed street bricks from around the Northeast. The young man standing in front of the trolley is the Eagle Scout. His entire crew did an outstanding job. (All pictures by Douglas Anderson)

Did you ever wonder how our brick loading platform was built at NYMT. Here is a series of photos showing the steps taken to create this great platform. All of the bricks used in this project are reclaimed street bricks from around the Northeast. The young man standing in front of the trolley is the Eagle Scout. His entire crew did an outstanding job. (All pictures by Douglas Anderson)

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The New York Museum of Transportation is located just south of Rochester, NY. The museum is on winter hiatus until mid-March, 2020. Trolley rides will resume mid-May, 2020. The museum is a unique resource, providing a wealth of historical information for students and hours of delight and education for visitors of all ages. Through our historic vehicles and photographs, trolley rides and track car rides, and model railroad displays, research library and gift shop, the museum's dedicated volunteers honor our area's transportation history, bringing it to life for today's visitors and preserving it for the future. During the ride season (mid-May through October), enjoy a scenic 2-mile round trip on an interurban trolley car, connecting to a diesel train or track car to take you to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. The trolley departs from 11:30 to 4:30. No reservations are needed. We have the only electric trolley on wire in New York State!

A visit to NYMT is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Group visits can be arranged by appointment on other days.

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Trolley ride continue this Sunday and November 2nd
Trolley Rides continue this Sunday and November 2, Work on picnic area as a floor was installed
Members and friends of the New York Museum of Transportation: HALLOWEEN TROLLEY EXPRESS Saturday, October 19, 2019 Here's the highlight of the Halloween season for all ages! * Trolley ride to the Halloween Patch * Free delicious cider and donuts * Decorate your free baby pumpkin * Take your picture with the Halloween Trolley * Trick-or-treating in the museum trolley cars and steam locomotive! * Spooky Halloween walk in the model train room * Games, prizes * Live musical entertainment * Wear your favorite Halloween costume for even more fun All for the family friendly price of $12 adults, $10 age 3 - 12. Rides depart at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 by reservation only purchase tickets at www.nymtmuseum.org/halloween. The New York Museum of Transportation is conveniently located 20 minutes south of Rochester at 6393 East River Road (Thruway Exit 46, I-390 south to exit 11, NY Rt. 251 West, then 1 mile north on East River Road). (585) 533-1113 www.nymtmuseum.org/halloween
When is the 2018 season opens? Is it May 13, 20, or 27?
Know of anyone who would want to rescue, restore/replicate a Genesee Beer truck body that came off a 1940 Ford and has been used for storage for decades? I have to move it (Morris, NY) to work on the barn and it will probably have to be cut apart to do that, price is free but it needs to go ASAP, I have already posted about it to the pages of ATHS and the Rochester Historical Society.
Get your 2018 antique tractor, farm machinery, construction/mining equipment, steam, hit & miss engine, and truck related shows/events listed. Deadlines November 2 & 3, 2017 www.facebook.com/oldironshowsandevents/photos/?tab=album&album_id=362192594210624
Will there be any more Halloween train rides this weekend? Sadly, I missed the previous!
NYMT will be at stand 55A of the Rochester Public Market Garage Sale on Sunday June 11th from 8AM to 2PM with 100s of transportation books (trains, depots, model rr, automobiles, etc) for sale with most priced at $5 and $10! Stop and see us!