August 19-20, 26-27: Steam Trains Return to Rochester

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You've heard of Thomas the Tank Engine™, here's his real-life cousin! For the first time since 1955, the hills will once again echo with steam whistles when the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum hosts real steam train rides on August 19-20 and 26-27. The museum will host Viscose Co. No. 6, a vintage steam locomotive that once operated for the American Viscose C...
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Donate: Body Panels for Rochester Subway Car 60

Rochester Subway Car 60
Originally built in 1916 for Utica Railways, Car 60 ran in the Rochester Subway from 1938 until the end of service in 1956. As the sole survivor of the Subway fleet, our goal is to complete a cosmetic restoration so that visitors can once again enjoy and learn from this important artifact of local history. The car requires significant repair of its original 1916 sheet metal...
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July 29-30 Steam, Diesel, and Electric Railroad Tour of Scranton

Steam, diesel, and electric trains are the highlight of a special weekend excursion to Scranton, Pa., on July 29-30. Travel with the members of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum by deluxe motorcoach to ride historic trains on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad, Steamtown National Historic Site, and Electric City Trolley Museum. Visitors will enjoy a private e...
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Donate: New Batteries for LA&L No. 20

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville No. 20
Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Alco RS-1 No. 20 is our museum's newest acquisition, donated by the railroad at the end of 2016. Built in 1949 for the Lake Erie, Franklin & Clarion Railroad, it was sold to the LA&L in 1972, becoming the first Alco diesel on their roster. It was retired in 2008 and donated to our museum eight years later. In excellent mechanical condition,...
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July 15-16 – Craft Show Caboose Rides

R&GV Caboose Train
Enjoy a brand new summer event combining talented local artisans and fun vintage train rides at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Join us on July 15-16 for Craft Show Caboose Rides where you will visit with our craft show vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, ceramics, painting, woodwork and more. Browse through our show featuring many examples of handcr...
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June 17-18 Subway Heritage Weekend

Rochester Subway Car 60
Celebrate the heritage of the Rochester Subway, which opened in 1926 and shut down on June 30, 1956. See our progress to restore Rochester Subway Car 60, the sole survivor of the fleet. Regional Transit Service will have their restored vintage 1956 GM transit bus on display throughout the weekend as we celebrate the 61th anniversary of the donation of Rochester Subway Car 60...
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June 15 – Monthly Museum Meeting

RGV Train Ride
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. MEETINGS MOVE TO INDUSTRY DEPOT! Enjoy the warm weather and join us for our monthly museum meeting at Industry Depot, located at 282 Rush Scottsville Rd., Rush, N.Y. Following a brief meeting, enjoy rides on our museum railroad and tours of our restoration shop. Tour our new gift shop in the North Waiting Room and preview some of the merchandise ...
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May 18 – Monthly Museum Meeting

RGV 1909 Erie Railroad Depot at Industry, N.Y.
May 18, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. MEETINGS MOVE TO INDUSTRY DEPOT! Enjoy the warm weather and join us for our monthly museum meeting at Industry Depot, located at 282 Rush Scottsville Rd., Rush, N.Y. Following a brief meeting, enjoy rides on our museum railroad and tours of our restoration shop. This event is FREE and open to the public! Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. - Join us!
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May 20 – Rails & Ales

Rails & Ales
The craft brew movement is sweeping the nation. According to the New York State Brewers Association, new breweries grew from just 95 in 2011 to more than 240 in 2015! As part of this growth, the Rochester area is home to scores of new breweries with their delicious and unique craft beers. Visit the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum for Rails & Ales on Saturday,...
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May 6 – Buffalo Day Trip

Buffalo Day Trip
The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is sponsoring a special railfan day trip to Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, May 6. The trip will depart from our museum parking lot at 9:00 a.m. sharp where we will travel via deluxe motorcoach to Buffalo. Our group will tour two important pieces of Buffalo transportation history. We will ride the Niagara Frontier Transporta...
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April 20 – Bob Zimmerman presents “Cleveland 1975-1983”

Join us for our monthly meeting at the 40&8 Club, 933 University Ave., Rochester, N.Y. Free parking in Greek Othrodox Church parking lot next door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brief business meeting followed by entertainment program. Cash bar available. Museum bookstore. This event is FREE and open to the public. Bob Zimmerman presents "Cleveland 1975-1983." In the mid-1970'...
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April 15 – Easter Bunny Train Rides

Easter Bunny Train Rides
The Easter Bunny rides the rails! Join us Saturday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for our Easter Bunny Train Rides. Enjoy a mile-and-a-half round-trip train ride that tours our museum grounds and visit New York’s largest collection of historic trains. Children will take part in an Easter egg hunt and then visit with the Easter Bunny for photos. Refreshments will be avai...
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R&GV Celebrates 80 Years!

R&GV 80th Anniversary
The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in suburban Rochester, N.Y., marks their 80th anniversary in 2017 with a special visit from a traveling steam locomotive as the highlight of their year-long celebrations. On February 4, 1937, ten railroad enthusiasts met on the second floor of the New York Central train station on Central Avenue to found the organization th...
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March 18 – 80th Anniversary Banquet

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is celebrating 80 years of preserving Rochester's rich railroading heritage in 2017! Join us for our annual museum banquet where we celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers and welcome a guest speaker to discuss our local railroad history. We are pleased to announce our guest speaker will be none other tha...
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March 16 – Post-Conrail Rochester Scenes

Join us for our monthly meeting at the 40&8 Club, 933 University Ave., Rochester, N.Y. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brief business meeting followed by entertainment program. Cash bar available. Museum bookstore. This event is FREE and open to the public. In 1996 CSX placed an offer to buy Conrail outright. By 1997 CSX and Norfolk Southern had agreed to a 42% to 58% split of...
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February 16 – History of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern

PS&N
Join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017, located at the 40&8 Club, 933 University Ave., Rochester, N.Y. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brief business meeting followed by entertainment program. Member Jeremy Tuke will present photographs illustrating the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad, which operated a roughly 190-mile mainline b...
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Jan. 19 – BNSF and UP in Oregon and Washington

Join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017, located at the 40&8 Club, 900 University Ave., Rochester, N.Y. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Brief business meeting followed by entertainment program. Member Otto Vondrak will present a slide show of current Union Pacific and BNSF  operations in western Oregon and Washington state, including Portland, Vancouver, and...
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Dec. 17 – Santa Trains

All aboard the only real Santa Train Ride in Rochester! All trains depart from our restored 1909 train station at Industry. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and complimentary hot chocolate while you wait for the conductor to call “ALL ABOARD!” Climb aboard our restored vintage freight train cabooses for a special trip to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus! Every child wil...
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Dec. 9 – Holiday Open House

Friday, December 9, 2016 6:00-9:00 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy the warm festive holiday atmosphere at our restored 1909 Erie Railroad train station. Enjoy snacks and beverages. Please contact us if you'd like to bring a dish to pass. Everyone is welcome! This event is FREE and open to the public! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Industry Depot is located at 282 Rush Sc...
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December 3 – Santa Trains

All aboard the only real Santa Train Ride in Rochester! All trains depart from our restored 1909 train station at Industry. Enjoy the festive atmosphere and complimentary hot chocolate while you wait for the conductor to call “ALL ABOARD!” Climb aboard our restored vintage freight train cabooses for a special trip to the North Pole to visit with Santa Claus! Every child wil...
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Pumpkin Patch Train Rides in October

October 29-3010:00am to 5:00pm Trains Depart Every Half Hour from Industry Depot282 Rush Scottsville Rd, Rush, NY Trains are filling up fast!Buy Your Tickets Now! OUR MOST POPULAR EVENT: Enjoy a mile-and-a-half train ride through our rural museum grounds, located in the scenic heart of the Genesee Valley! Ride aboard authentically restored freight train cabooses to th...
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Fall Foliage Express October 8

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum will be operating a series of Fall Foliage Excursions with the cooperation of the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad between Lakeville and Industry, New York. Ride in the museum’s reconditioned Budd streamlined coaches built in 1941 for the New York Central’s “Empire State Express” hauled by Alco Century diesel locomoti...
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Train Rides September 17-18

We are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 17 and 18. Train rides depart every half hour from Industry Depot is located at 282 Rush Scottsville Road, Rush NY 14543. We’re just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester, easy to find from Exit 11 off I-390 in the Town of Rush off Route 251 West. Schedules and tickets at www.RochesterTrainRides.com Visit the Rochester & ...
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Diesel Days Weekend – Aug. 20-21

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Diesel Days is August 20-21 Up to three vintage diesel locomotives will be operating this weekend, spanning more than 80 years of technology! Railroads have been a vital part of our nation’s success for more than 150 years, thanks to continuous expansion and innovation. One of those innovations is the diesel locomotive, which has been the backbone of the industry since t...
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Caboose Train Rides July 16-17

Until the 1980s, the caboose was once found at the end of every freight train in America. It’s where the crew would eat, sleep, and work, becoming their home away from home on long trips. Ride and tour authentically restored cabooses from a variety of historical eras.  Your fun and exciting train ride experience starts just 20 minutes south of Rochester! Enter our ...
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