With temperatures never getting over five degrees Fahrenheit, it made us appreciate the 65 degrees the previous Saturday! Cold temperatures couldn’t put a damper on the Year End Party at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. And yes, the debate again raged whether this was a Year End or Year Beginning Party. No matter… With warm cars and a warm depot, plus a lot good food and good cheer, a good time was had by the over forty people who attended the party. The annual event is a “Thank You” to our volunteers and members and a chance to enjoy our little museum railroad.

Museum volunteer, Dale Hartnett, chips ice off of the rail head. With the recent snow fall and very low temps, ice had formed on the rail head. Most of it was removed to improve adhesion for the first northbound trip of R&GVRR 1654 from the Industry yard.

Here we find 1654 retrieving the Erie C254 off of siding #6 for the day’s runs. This track will eventually be the main lead to the museum’s Restoration Building seen just to the right of the engine.

RGVRR 1654 North… With temps in the single digits and wind chills below zero, the perfect place to be was in the warm cupola of Erie caboose #C254 as RGVRR 1654 heads north along the museum’s demonstration railroad.