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2013 Calendar of Events
May 19 (Sunday) – TROLLEYS AND DIESELS OPEN THE SUMMER SEASON
Antique buses, including a 1957 transit bus from Regional Transit System, will be on display opening the ride season at the museum. Visitors can enjoy a unique ride experience with a 2-mile round trip interurban trolley excursion that connects to a diesel train on this special day. The combined ride links the New York Museum of Transportation with the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum’s country depot and railroad equipment collection. The trolley portion of the ride is the only such operation in New York State, and the diesel train ride adds a special thrill for railfans young and old. The diesel connection will operate on special event days this summer. On other Sundays, authentic track cars that once served “gandy dancers” connect with the trolley. No reservations needed. Two museums and a ride between them…unique in the U.S.!
June 2 (Sunday) – SCOUTING DAY
We salute the volunteers and members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who work hard to make a difference in our communities. All youth (under 18) Scout members in uniform are admitted free with paid adult admission (limit one free scout per adult). Come and enjoy trolley and track car rides, and learn about service projects and troop camping opportunities available at both museums. (PLEASE NOTE: If your entire troop wishes to visit the museums, please make a reservation so we are sure we can accommodate you. Please contact NYMT tour coordinator Jim Dierks at (585) 533-1113.)
June 16 (Sunday) – RAILROAD DAY
The museums let visitors get up close and personal with the exciting world of railroading. Find out how to couple train cars together, learn what makes a diesel locomotive go, take a turn at the Morse Code ticker in the 100-year-old country station, and discover the rich railroading history of our region. Caboose rides will provide the connection from the trolley to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum.
June 30 (Sunday) – BASEBALL DAY
What's more American than trains and baseball? From teams using trains to travel from city to city, to baseball fans taking the train to the game, these two American traditions have been intertwined for more than 100 years. Come and enjoy trolley and track car rides while you spend the day exploring our two museums. Kids won't want to miss a visit from Spikes, the mascot of the Rochester Red Wings!
July 20 (Saturday) – TROLLEYS AT TWILIGHT
The New York Museum of Transportation recreates an evening at an old-time "trolley park", complete with refreshing ice cream and the happy sound of the calliope wafting across the beautiful Genesee valley countryside. The Pittsford Fire Department band will provide entertainment too. 4:00 p.m. until dusk
August 18 (Sunday) – DIESEL DAY
These kings of the rails come in all sizes, and the collection at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum gives visitors a close-up look. Learn what makes a diesel go. See several different diesel locomotives under power, and take a ride on them! Extended hours apply.
September 15 (Sunday) – FALL FOLIAGE BY TROLLEY AND TRAIN -- VINTAGE FIRE TRUCKS
As we kick off our fall foliage season at the museums, enjoy a display of vintage fire trucks from our local fire departments. Enjoy the beauty of Autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 85-year-old electric trolley car. A diesel train with two cabooses will meet the trolley each day for the continuation to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum.
September 22 and 29; October 6, 13, 20 and 27; November 3 (Sundays) – FALL FOLIAGE BY TROLLEY AND TRAIN
Enjoy the beauty of Autumn in western New York State from the window of an authentic 80-year-old electric trolley car. A diesel locomotive with two cabooses will meet the trolley each day for the continuation to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Trolleys depart every half-hour starting at 11:30, and no reservations are required. Each child visiting the R&GVRRM can take home a souvenir "baby" pumpkin (while supplies last).
November 10, 17, 24(Sundays) – TROLLEY RIDES
What better way to enjoy the beautiful Genesee Valley countryside than with a trolley ride at the New York Museum of Transportation. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the 20-minute rides depart at 12:00, 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30. Reduced admission prices prevail: $5 adults, $4 kids under 12, ride included.
November 30, December 1, 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 (Saturdays and Sundays) – HOLLY TROLLEY RIDES
Santa may still use reindeer power, but museum visitors can enjoy a ride on an authentic 80 year-old electric trolley car, recalling another time when families rode the big interurban trolleys from their rural homes to do their holiday shopping in the city. Also, nothing says Christmas like model trains, and the museum’s large model railroad will be running five trains at once.
Sundays through the winter – Bring Your Own Train
The New York Museum of Transportation is open all year, Sundays only. Throughout the winter, visitors who "bring their own" HO gauge model trains and engines are welcome to take the controls on the museum's giant 11 ' x 21' layout. Under the watchful guidance of museum volunteers, they'll guide their trains around the main lines, through tunnels and over bridges, past small towns, a big city, an amusement park and a large railroad terminal.