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Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

Mission: Educate the public about the technology, history and impact of the railroad industry in rochester, ny and the surrounding region through the preservation, restoration and operation of railroad equipment, and the display of relevant historic artifacts and documents.

Programs: Railroad equipment restoration. Finished restoration of ge 45-ton center cab diesel locomotive manufactured in 1941 and donated to the museum by rochester gas & electric corp. This unit was put into service at the museum. Finished full interior restoration of a 1941 budd passenger coach originally new york central rr #2567. Work included interior wall repairs and painting, replacement of exterior glazing on all windows and new vinyl seat covers on all seats.

museum was open to the public sundays and some saturdays from may 18 to november 1, 2014, and also by appointment for group visits. Over 7000 people visited the museum in 2014.

railfan trips were held on june 10, 2014 on the arcade and attica rr, and on october 18, 2014 on the livonia, avon & lakeville rr.

restoration building floor and track construction & maintenance - started the construction of the locomotive pit and poured concrete floor in the restoration bldg. Also extended tracks 7 and 9 through the building into the south yard area. This allows the start of work on lehigh valley caboose 95100 in the building.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering at the museum because of the camaraderie. Also there is nothing like the smiling faces as the kids ride the train.

I also enjoy travel. I'm organizing the members trips to other train related places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a visitor at the museum this month with my family, including children and grandchildren. My wife and I were both impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the volunteers. We found it heartwarming that people would dedicate their time to preserving some history in a way that makes it fun for others. During our tour and ride, the volunteers clearly wanted to let us enjoy the "sites" but still kept us (including the children) safe. Well done! Nice Day At The Tracks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined almost 2 years ago and became more active at the beginning of this season. I have been an equipment operator for a long time, and always jump at the chance to master a new machine. When I saw that you could learn to operate a locomotive, I thought "hey, this could be really cool!" Not only have I done this, but I have gained the enjoyment of good company among fellow volunteers AND priceless smiles from the little ones as we take them on a train ride. I have also really enjoyed the company of "cab pass" patrons. We had a Pennsylvania RR retiree in his mid-90's - boy he had some cool stories! We have had a bunch of young people that are grinning ear to ear even before they climb aboard too!

I am very short on time to volunteer, but I really enjoy every chance I get to head out to spend some time at the Museum.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired school teacher and I want to contribute back to society.

This season the museum had overflow attendance. I could see so many contributions in the planning and work behind the scenes..

As for me? I sure had a lot of fun being on board old Erie C-254 most of the Summer. (grin) There are very few things I find more enjoyable than being out at the R&GV RR Museum!

Joel17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being associated with this fine organization for many years. Since my retirement I have been able to utilize my past education, experience, and skill set to contribute to both running as well as several restoration projects. The rewards and camaraderie make this endeavor rewarding on several levels. The overarching goal is public education of the importance of the railroads in the Rochester NY development and history. The time spent is a good investment for very many reasons. I cannot overstate the richness of being able to preserve some of our history.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If you have ever wanted to learn how to run a locomotive the RGVRRM is the place to start. We are always looking for people to volunteer. Do you like building things, or running heavy construction equipment, we do that too!! Come check us out!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum not only has the largest collection of historic trains, but is also the only operating railroad museum in New York State. The volunteers have worked hard to gather a collection that is relevant to the Rochester area and the five railroads that served the region. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, and very passionate about their interests. We have many active and retired professionals in our ranks who help with everything from construction projects, electrical and utility work, woodworking and painting, gardening and groundskeeping, and so much more. We have several career railroaders in our ranks who help with training of crews and safe operation of our trains. It's also refreshing to see so many young faces around the museum, too. It's a dynamic group that is focused on its goal of preserving Rochester's rich railroading heritage for the next generation to enjoy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are two transportation museums located next door to each other. They are the New York Museum of Transportation and this one. As a member of either one you can ride the trains for free. They cooperate but the GV&R RR Museum has the cool locomotives and rolling stock. If you are a rail fan this is definitely the museum for you.

The museum goes beyond being a showcase for historical artifacts and includes social meeting where rail fans meet rail professionals with great presentations.

I never imagined I'd wind up working on the big diesels but here I am. It is a great experience where you see your effort pay off!

Nothings like seeing the light in the kids eyes when they ride the rails. And yes the adults enjoy it also!

Review from Guidestar