Every year, the Rochester Chapter NRHS holds an annual picnic for members and friends the Saturday after Labor Day at its Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. This year was no exception with over 50 guests enjoying an afternoon of food, friends, and train rides. Here we see Lehigh Valley Railroad ALCO RS-3m #211 pulling Erie C254 north near Scanlon’s Curve on the R&GVRRM’s demonstration railroad during the picnic.

Headed back… #211 with a platform full on Erie C254 heads back south to the R&GVRRM.

First trip to Industry yard… As part of the picnic festivities, the R&GVRRM’s Plymouth BL gas-mechanical #1 made its maiden voyage under its own power out of the R&GVRRM’s restoration building and upper yard and down the HILL block into Industry yard under the control of lead restorer, Kevin Klees.

In comparison… Plymouth BL #1 sits in Industry yard just in front of ALCO RS-1 Eastman Kodak Company #9. The size difference between the 7-ton #1 and the 125+ ton #9 is obvious.

9/8/2007 – Checking things over…
Picnic participants were quick to come to see the #1 up close and personal.

Departing Industry… #1 departs Industry yard with a passenger for a quick round trip so others could get their turn. The view is seen from both the ground and a later run with a full house of three passengers is seen from the engineer’s seat of Eastman Kodak Company #9.

Back along the railroad… After the BL demonstration runs were over and #1 had headed to the restoration building, #9 was out for a couple of runs along with Lehigh Valley #211. EK #9 heads south back to the R&GVRRM…

Time for a little grease… To reduce wheel wear, grease is applied to Scanlon’s Curve by R&GVRRM volunteer Mike Dow.

Headed for the barn… With the runs over, EK #9 heads into the restoration building yard past USA #1843 which was just being started to help do some switching. Soon both engines will be shut down for the night and another successful picnic will draw to a close thanks to the many dedicated volunteers of the R&GVRRM.