Celebrate Amtrak’s National Train Day (www.nationaltrainday.com) at the Rochester Amtrak Station with volunteers from the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum and the New York Museum of Transportation to learn all about trains past and present! Train enthusiasts and supporters around the country celebrate National Train Day each year at hundreds of locations across the country. We will have on display a vintage wooden velocipede, track tools, and kerosene lanterns used by railroad workers a hundred years ago. Enjoy a live demonstration of telegraph communication, and see scale models of trolleys and streetcars that once served the city of Rochester. See what our volunteers are doing to preserve Rochester’s rich railroading heritage, and learn more about the future of rail freight and passenger travel throughout the region. Find out how you can get involved! This event is FREE, and takes place Saturday, May 10, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Rochester Amtrak Station, located at 320 Central Avenue. On Sunday, May 11, our museums will be kicking off the start of our train ride season, please visit www.rochestertrainrides.com for more details.
ABOUT AMTRAK: Established in 1971 as the national rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for four commuter rail agencies. www.amtrak.com
ABOUT ROCHESTER & GENESEE VALLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM: The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is a non-profit educational organization with roots going back to 1937. We bring Rochester’s rich railroading history to life through the active preservation and restoration of railroad equipment and artifacts. Join us for tours and train rides every Sunday from May-October! www.rgvrrm.org
ABOUT NEW YORK MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION: Established in 1973, the New York Museum of Transportation houses eleven full size trolley cars, a caboose, a steam locomotive, antique highway and horse-drawn vehicles, a huge model railroad display, and the various associated smaller items that illuminate Rochester’s transportation history. www.nymtmuseum.org