The Operations Department of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum was quite busy this month operating trains for three special events: A Volunteer Open House for National Train Day on Saturday, May 9, Opening Weekend on Sunday, May 17, and Varnish Day (an unpublicized event where one of our Empire State Express coaches replaced our traditional caboose accommodations) on Sunday, May 24. Thanks to all operating crews for your participation this month! June’s operations will include the Rochester Chapter NRHS Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 18, Hands-on Training on Saturday, June 20 and 27, and Despatch Shops Remembered (featuring Penn Central caboose #18526) on Sunday, June 21.

This is a busy operating season for us, and we are always in need train crews, so if you’re interested in operating on any of these days (especially if you’re a new trainee), please contact the Operations Department at (716) 474-2833 and we’ll do everything we can to get you started!

Lehigh Valley 211 and ESE Coach #3 await the first passengers of the day next to our preserved Rochester, Lockport & Buffalo waiting room at Midway on “Varnish Day.”

Museum volunteer Chris Hauf addresses his daughter’s birthday party group after arriving at Industry on Opening Weekend.

Conductor Jeremy Tuke poses in front of his train at Industry on Opening Weekend.