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FORR Annual Meeting April 4, 2018

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The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Railroad, Inc will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Six50 Restaurant, 7217 Route 96, Victor, NY 14564.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. The evening will include Election of Officers and Dr. Preston Pierce will presentation “Shrouded in Mystery”, the story of the CNY&N Railroad. Please read the attached pdf for additional information.

Please RSVP Sue Stehling at 585-924-3409 or email with your intention.

On behalf of President Bob Ward, we look forward to seeing you there.

2018 Annual Mtg Announcement

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2017 Santa Train Victor, NY

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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!

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

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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

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

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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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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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