Tour our 1909 rural depot to see what it feels like to be in a railroad station in the 1930's or the 1940's from the completely outfitted ticket agent's office to the waiting room where the original wooden seats surround the perimeter of the room. Imagine all the destinations and stories of the people who sat in those seats starting their journeys or waiting for a loved one to return.
Various locomotives, freight cars, and passenger cars are on display with many open for viewing.
Railroad Passenger Timetables
Serving a dual role as advertising and reference, the passenger timetable was and remains a rail traveler's best friend as they attempt to navigate the railroads across the U.S.A. and the world. This exhibit is located in Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western baggage car #2078.
The East Rochester Despatch Car Shops: A History in Pictures
Built at the turn of the 20th century, the East Rochester Despatch Car shops turned out thousands of railroad cars over its multi-decade history until its demise in the 1970's. This exhibit housed in a Merchants Despatch Transportation ice bunker refrigerator car shows the history of the MDT and the Despatch Car Shops in pictures and more!
Rochester Railroads in Transition: 1950 to 1954
Photographs from the Robert Carper Collection. Robert Carper is a prolific photographer and author, who lived in Rochester between 1933 and 1960. Following his passion for photography and trains, he used his trusty twin-reflex camera to document the transition from steam-to-diesel, with a focus on the New York Central, then the busiest carrier in the city. In 1968, Carper authored the hardcover photographic essay "FOCUS: The Railroad in Transition" featuring many local scenes. Carper donated 50 negatives from his collection to the Rochester Chapter in 1993. The negatives were cataloged and printed by volunteers, and later installed as part of this exhibit. Carper is retired from Westinghouse and currently resides with his wife in Germantown, Maryland and continues to remain active in the hobby.