Fall foliage by trolley and train.

A plug for two subjects close to my heart: My first newspaper and my hometown trolley museum.

As this Sept. 16 article from The (Batavia, N.Y.) Daily News reports, The New York Museum of Transportation and its neighbor organization, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, will be offering fall foliage trips on Sundays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31. The museums are located in the Rochester suburb of Rush, N.Y.

The museums’ collections comprise a variety of rail vehicles and other transportation equipment generally connected with upstate New York. NYMT’s operating electric roster at the moment, however, is made up of two ex-Philadelphia & Western inteurban cars  — 161 of 1927 and 168 of 1929, according to the museum’s online roster. More information on these two “Strafford” cars can be found here. As reported on the R&GVRRM’s blog, car 161 returned to service a few days ago after being sidelined since the spring for necessary truck repairs and maintenance.

The twin museums are linked by a two-mile railroad, as shown on this map. While both are dedicated to the transportation history of upstate New York, R&GVRRM’s focus tends to be on railroads while trolleys and transit are more NYMT’s specialty. There is some crossover, however — with R&GVRRM being the home of Rochester Subway car 60, for example.

With the line not fully electrified between the two museums, passenger service is currently an intermodal affair that gives a flavor of their twin specialty areas: Electric trolleys run over the NYMT end of the line, while R&GVRRM’s end is served by a variety of internal combustion railroad vehicles. For the fall foliage trips, a diesel locomotive with two cabooses will meet the trolley.

Fall is a very beautiful time in Western New York. My last visit only ended two days ago, but this news has made me homesick again already!

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