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FORR Annual Meeting, Wednesday April 5, 2017

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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


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Santa Trains Have Sold Out!

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Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Santa Trains. We are sorry to say that all Santa Train tickets on Saturday, December 10, 2016 have sold out. We will not run any additional trains this year. It is our hope, in cooperation with Finger Lakes Railway, we will be able to run Santa Trains again in 2017.

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Board of Directors Meetings

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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.

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Railroad Ties Newsletter is Available!

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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.

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My Passion for Railroads

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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.

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Canandaigua RR Station Mural Completed

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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.

Photo: Amy Colburn and her father Marty Wheeler.

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About Railroads: The Transcontinental Railroad

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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.

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Volunteer at the Valentown Railroad Room

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Volunteers are cleaning and sorting historical artifacts for a Railroad Room at Valentown to be ready for the Spring opening of the museum. Contact Allen Johnson at ( 585) 924-7384 if you are able to help.

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Trolley Station Restoration Help Needed

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The Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway Trolley Station and grounds need work early in 2015 to prepare it for the dedication next summer.

There are several community organizations we need to thank and acknowledge. We are most indebted to the Fishers Fire District for permitting us to locate the station on District property. They have been very supportive of our efforts while working on and maintaining this tangible piece of our local history. We also thank Victor Parks and Recreation for their help with preparing the site. We thank Victor Hiking Trails for assisting with clearing the site and allowing us to share the trolley station with everyone who uses the Auburn Trail.

Items that need to be finished at the trolley station before the grand opening this summer:

  1. Complete repairs to the si...
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Annual Meeting

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The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Railroad will be held at the Victor Town Hall, Main Meeting Room, 85 East Main Street, Victor, NY, at 7:00 pm on January 29, 2015.

The meeting will feature a presentation by Mr. David Coon on “The History of Railroads in Ontario County”. Mr. Coon is President of the Rochester Model Railroad Club, Trustee of the New York Museum of Transportation, and member of the Rochester & Genessee Railroad. The public is invited to attend. There will be a short business meeting prior to the program. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Pat Palomaki by phone at 585-742-8037 or by email at

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