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Finger Lakes Railway engine number 2201, a General Electric model U23B diesel locomotive painted in the Lehigh Valley Railroad color scheme of the 1950's, is seen on the annual fall foliage excursion train at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society station museum in Shortsville, New York, on October 11, 2009. Photograph by David Halderman.

Rail Historian to Give Presentation About "Auburn Road" Railroad Line at Sept. 18 LVRRHS Open House.

Mr. Paul Shinal of Seneca Falls will be presenting an historical overview of the ďAuburn Road,Ē the railroad line that still runs today from Canandaigua to Solvay near Syracuse through Shortsville, Clifton Springs, Phelps, Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Auburn, and Camillus. 2016 marks the 175th Anniversary of the line, which Paul will highlight with maps, schedules, and photographs, some depicting the early years of its existence. The line is recognized in railroad history as one of the oldest railroads still operating in America. Paulís presentation will span from its beginning as the combined efforts of the Auburn & Syracuse and Auburn & Rochester Railroads, through the New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail years to today as the main route of the Finger Lakes Railway.

Paul is a CPA and retired member of the faculty of Cayuga Community College, where he taught for 35 years. In his retirement, his favorite hobby has come to the forefront. When not at home constructing his own northeastern heritage HO scale model train layout, Paul enjoys researching our regionís railroad history. Along with various brochures, he has compiled a comprehensive booklet highlighting historical facts of nearly all railroads once traversing the Finger Lakes. He is a member and financial advisor of the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in Syracuse. His love for trains began when he received a Lionel train set as a young child. Paul's earliest memory of trains was riding with his mother on the last westbound passenger train from Seneca Falls to Geneva on May 18, 1958.

2016 LVRRHS Station Museum Open House Schedule

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum at 8 East High Street in Shortsville, New York, will be open to the public one Sunday afternoon a month from May to October this year. Open house dates will be May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16. Hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A large collection of historical artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad is on display at the museum. The gift shop will be open. We will be inviting rail historians to give presentations at some of the open houses. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For more information, call 585-289-9149.

Memberships Open

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society is actively seeking new members for our group. Volunteers are needed for museum operations. Please print and fill out the membership application from the Join section of our website. Thank you for your interest in the LVRRHS.

Donations Welcome

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society welcomes donations of local railroad artifacts and model trains to our museum.  Please fill out the donation form below and contact us to make arrangements.  Thank you for your donation.

Membership Application (283K Fill-in PDF) Donation Form
This is a fill-in PDF, so you can either fill in the form on screen and print, or print it and fill it in manually.

Do you have a relative that worked for the LVRR?

We are maintaining an alphabetical record of former LVRR employees, containing general information and specific railroad job descriptions. If you have a relative that worked for the LVRR, please fill out the LVRR Employee Information form below and submit it to us.

Membership Application (283K Fill-in PDF) Railroad Employee Form
This is a fill-in PDF, so you can either fill in the form on screen and print, or print it and fill it in manually.
Next LVRRHS Station Museum Open House: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Next LVRRHS Meeting: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3:00 p.m.