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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, Michigan started construction in 1903 in Canandaigua with service between Canandaigua and Victor beginning later that year. The line officially opened on June 15, 1904 with 14 cars providing hourly service. The R&E’s express car service, known as the Orange Limited, traveled from Rochester to Geneva in 1 hour, 30 minutes. In 1904, when you traveled locally by foot or horse this was an amazing feat.

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