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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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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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Rochester NY Area Rail Museums

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We hope you will also visit some of the many rail museums in the Rochester, NY, area.

  1. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society

  2. The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

  3. The New York Museum of Transportation

  4. The Arcade & Attica Railroad

  5. The Medina Railroad Museum

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The Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway

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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.

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