Car 60 is a single-ended, double-truck, arch roof steel interurban car, and is a significant as being the sole survivor of the Rochester Subway (RSB) fleet. It began its career as part of a fleet of 12 cars for New York State Railways operations in the Utica area. The fleet was numbered 46-68, even numbers only (powered cars were even, un-powered trailers were odd). Car 60's first assignment was on the Rome-Little Falls interurban, after 1933, it ran on the Utica-Clinton line. The last Utica line was abandoned in 1936, and the 12 cars were stored. In late 1937, the fleet was moved to Rochester and reconditioned for use on the Subway to replace the aging 2000-series cars. They entered regular service on August 2, 1938, when New York State Railways' Rochester Lines were transferred to the new Rochester Transit Corp.
The Rochester Subway (officially known as the Rochester Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway) was constructed by the City of Rochester to improve trolley passenger traffic and rail freight interchange through the city by building a new route in the bed of the abandoned Erie Canal. In operation from 1927 to 1956, the eastern portion was closed and converted to highway use. The western portion continued to be used for freight until 1976 when the route was abandoned and filled in. The tunnel under Broad Street continued to be used for freight delivery until 1996. In 2010, the Broad Street tunnel was filled from Exchange Street to Oak Street.
Car 60 faithfully served the Rochester community until the end of all passenger service on June 30, 1956. Through the hard work of then-Rochester Chapter NRHS President, Sam Grover, RSB 60 was donated to the Chapter by Rochester Transit Corp. soon after. Having no museum or storage facility of its own, the car was loaned to the Rail City museum in Sandy Creek. In 1968 the car was loaned for possible inclusion in the new State museum at Albany. Those plans never materialized, and the car languished in an outdoor shed at a Thruway maintenance facility in Albany. After much negotiation, the car was returned to Rochester and to the Chapter’s Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in 1998 with Sam Grover present to accept delivery.
RTC 60 outside the R&GV Restoration Shop in 2009
Car 60 is currently undergoing an extensive multi-year rebuilding program in the restoration shops of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. As the sole remaining example of a Rochester Subway car, it is our goal to restore the trolley car to operating condition. If you are interested in contributing towards this important restoration effort, please contact us.
- Built: Cincinnati Car Co., 1916
- Length: 49’-8”
- Weight: 54,000 lbs.