A Unique Dual-Museum Experience
The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, operated solely by dedicated volunteers, partners with the New York Museum of Transportation to bring you a unique dual-museum experience of the railroad and transportation history of Rochester and Western New York.
Tracing our roots back to 1937 as the Rochester Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum was founded in 1971 when we purchased Industry depot from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. In the following years, volunteers restored the depot to its 1930's appearance and built a three-track yard to display our historic fleet of vintage railroad equipment.
In 1995, volunteers drove the golden spike on a two-mile demonstration railroad that links our museum to the New York Museum of Transportation, and began operating regular track car rides between the two museums the following year. To enhance our capabilities, we completed construction on our indoor Restoration Building in 1997.
In 2010, the Rochester Chapter NRHS officially changed its name to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, and in 2011, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum became an independent historic preservation group.
The museum currently rosters over 40 pieces of railroad rolling stock including nine operating diesel-electric locomotives, two steam locomotives, six cabooses, seven freight cars, a matched seven-car set of former New York Central Railroad "Empire State Express" Budd stainless steel passenger cars, and several other passenger cars amongst other railroad rolling stock.
The museum's railroad research library at the 40&8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester, NY. The library houses a large collection of railroad books, railroad related periodicals, and railroad photographs. The library is open to the public during monthly membership meetings by appointment. Contact us to make an appointment.
Our mission is to establish, promote, and maintain an appreciation for the current and past contributions of railroad and transit organizations to the American way of life with particular emphasis on the Rochester, Monroe County, and western New York geographical area through:
- The preservation of locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, machinery, artifacts, documents, photographs, movies, videos, personal recollections, and etc. relating to the areas of railroad history.
- Increasing the level of understanding and awareness of railroad history among the general public and members alike through publications, articles, videos, and programs designed to both educate and entertain.
- The sharing of our knowledge with other historical groups, schools, and community groups with a particular emphasis on providing imaginative, creative, entertaining, and educational programs to school age children.