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WELCOME to the NEW Friends of the Railroad website! Please be patient while we continue to move our photo galleries to this site and refresh the content. If you have any questions or suggestions, please Contact Us!

Unfortunately, tickets will not be available for purchase on-site!

Thanks for your interest in the the Friends of the Railroad 2017 Santa Trains in Victor NY. We’re sorry all tickets for the 2017 Santa Trains on Saturday, December 9, 2017 have sold out.

To get on the list to be notified next year when tickets go on sale, please like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheRailroad/

We look forward, in cooperation with Finger Lakes Railway, to running Santa Trains again in 2018.

2017 Santa Train Victor, NY

Tickets for the 2017 Santa Train in Victor, NY

Come to the Village of Victor on Saturday, December 09, 2017 to ride the train with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This is a wonderful event for the entire family during this holiday season!

Passenger boarding begins approximately 20 minutes before the time the train is scheduled to depart. All trains depart promptly, so don’t be late!

FORR Annual Meeting, Wednesday April 5, 2017

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Railroad, Inc.

6:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Six50 Restaurant
7217 State Route 96, Victor, NY 14564
Public Is Invited!
Please see attached flyer for details

 

Railroad Ties Newsletter is Available!

Read Volume 3, Issue 2, of our Railroad Ties newsletter, which features our Santa Trains and profiles of two our board members, Joel Richter and Bob Ward. The newsletter also includes information about the FORR Board, a Volunteer Corner, Passings, coming events, and membership.

Board of Directors Meetings

The FORR Board of Directors meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Victor-Farmington Library, 15 West Main Street, Victor, NY 14564. Members and visitors are welcome to attend.

My Passion for Railroads

JoelTrainEngineerby Joel Richter

[In our latest newsletter, we’re featuring members of the Executive Board of FORR and will be highlighting others in our next newsletter. Joel is a founding member and has been President of Friends of the Railroad since its inception.]

Ever since I can remember, I have had a love for trains and railroads. When I was young, as steam locomotives were being replaced by those that were diesel powered, my father would take our family to visit the places which had them. “Where there is steam, we will go,” he would say. (more…)

The Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway

by Joel Richter 

The Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway provided high-speed electric interurban service from Rochester to Geneva, through Victor and Canandaigua.

The Comstock, Haigh & Walker Company of Detroit started construction in 1902 north of Canandaigua and regular service between Canandaigua and Victor began later that year. The line officially opened on June 15, 1904 with 14 cars providing hourly service. The R&E’s express car service, the Orange Limited, travelled from Rochester to Geneva in less than 1 hour, 30 minutes. In 1904 this was very fast indeed. (more…)

Help save Shelter #116…

In December 2009, the Giancursio family generously gifted Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway Waiting Shelter #116 to the Friends of the Railroad. Volunteers started restoring the shelter in May 2011. You can help us with the restoration with your generous donation. Donors of $100 or more will receive a signed and numbered print of the shelter. To donate, please contact Pat Palomaki at 585-736-8037 or friendsoftherailroad@gmail.com.

Shelter 116 print

Canandaigua RR Station Mural Completed

by Robert Ward

Mural artist Amy Colburn has just finished work on her latest project: a large mural on the trackside of the Murphy’s Tires building on Niagara Street in Canandaigua. With the help of a movable scaffold created by her father Marty Wheeler, Amy has spent the last two months painting a scene of daily life at the Canandaigua railroad station as it may have appeared in 1916.


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Photo: Amy Colburn and her father Marty Wheeler. (more…)

About Railroads: The Transcontinental Railroad

by Allen Johnson

Many of the Union Pacific workers were Irish and German immigrants, and many had seen service in the Civil War. As the railroad move farther west, it entered Sioux territory. While the Indians had largely ignored the occasional wagon train, this was clearly a serious threat to their way of life. Attacks became more frequent and progress slowed as the ex-soldiers were diverted into armed units assigned to protect the remaining work crews. The work went on at a relatively fast pace; one Central Pacific crew laid about 10 miles of track in one day — a tremendous accomplishment since they had no power equipment. (more…)