Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer museum update

It's been a fun and exciting summer season at the train museums! Here's a few photos from the last month or so of activities around the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. For the latest news and information, please "Like" our Facebook fan page!

As part of our special Baseball Day celebration on June 30, we had a visit from Spikes, the official mascot of the Rochester Red Wings baseball team! Spikes has just stepped off the trolley from NYMT and is about to board our diesel trains for the ride down to Industry.

Spikes rides our restored Penn Central caboose with our visitors on the way down to Industry Depot to tour the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum.

Volunteer Jim Moore gives visitors a tour of our MDT refrigerator car, along with a brief history of the Despatch Shops carbuilding facility once located in East Rochester.

Our diesel powered train, consisting of two restored cabooses pulled by R&GV 1654, departs Industry and heads up the hill towards Midway Station.
  
A young visitor takes a picture of our departing train. Our museum is fun for kids of all ages, and provides a fun experience you won't find anywhere else.

Visitors wait at Midway Station for the trolley to take them back to the New York Museum of Transportation. The station at Midway was once an unmanned station located near Brockport serving the old Buffalo, Lockport & Rochester interurban trolley system.


Volunteers Rob and Bill weld new steel to the sides of our historic Lehigh Valley caboose, currently under restoration in our shop.

New steel has been welded to the west side of our Lehigh Valley caboose, now the process will continue on the east side. You can help by sponsoring a rivet! Rivets are $10 each, and we need about 250 to complete the job. Please dontate today...



Boy Scout Troop 210 from Kirkville, New York, came out to visit us on June 29. They helped out with many service projects around the museum, and also worked on requirements towards earning the Railroading merit badge.

 More progress was made on our display of railroad markers at Industry Depot. Next will come black paint for lettering, and small signs to explain each marker. From left to right: Erie milepost for Industry indicating 12 miles to Rochester and 373 miles to Jersey City; New York Central milepost for Wesbster indicating 92 miles to Pulaski Jct, New York; New York Central milepost for Victor indicating 87 miles to Syracuse, and a "whistle" post letting the engineer know he was approaching a crossing and needed to start blowing the whistle.

Every Tuesday and Saturday, our track gang is out making repairs to keep our railroad in top operating condition! Want to join them, or help out with any of our other projects? We're always looking for new volunteers. Come on out and try it!

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