Along with our depot and railroad equipment collections, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum has some fairly extensive archival holdings of railroad photographs and paperwork.   To share some of that archive, we are starting a new series of blog posts called From the archives… that will interspersed amongst our regular preservation and museum news updates.    At the start, we will be sharing some posts originally found on our blog for the Rochester Chapter National Railway Historical Society.  We thought they were interesting enough to share them again here along with a whole bunch of new upcoming posts.   We hope you enjoy this new series, and we welcome suggestions.

“A wonderful surprise inside a small envelope”

While looking through the Museum’s archives, I came upon a small envelope. Inside was a letter, business card, and a punched New York Central passenger cash fare receipt. Not much at first until I read the letter.

Then I realized this was a really neat piece of Rochester railroad and Rochester Chapter NRHS history.   A last ride on a last New York Central train…  A souvenir saved…   A nearly by-gone form of communication in a type written letter…   An experience shared between friends (A. Whitman Crittenden & Wallace Bradley) now preserved and left to share with us…


The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is always looking for new people to help us with our archives and to see what other discoveries there are to find and share.   Interested?   Please contact us or come to one of our monthly membership meetings.