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 railroad industry since the 1940s. From the earliest switch engines to today’s high-horsepower thoroughbreds, the diesel locomotive has been essential to the growth and success of American railroads.

On Sunday, August 18, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum will host its annual Diesel Day, where visitors will not only see and hear a collection of restored vintage diesels, but also ride behind these kings of the rails. Your ride begins at New York Museum of Transportation, where you will board a trolley that will take you to a special extended diesel ride. Visitors will have a chance to meet the volunteer train crews and see what’s under the hood of these fascinating machines. Learn how we keep these historic trains running, some of which are more than 70 years old!

All tours begin at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, Rush, N.Y. One admission is good for entry to both museums and the train rides between them! Admission is $10 for Adults (18 and over), $8 for Seniors (65+), $8 for Youth (3-15). The museums are open from 11:00am to 5:00pm.