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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.

FALL FOLIAGE TRAIN EXCURSIONS TO RUN OVER FINGER LAKES RAILWAY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, in cooperation with the Finger Lakes Railway, will sponsor fall foliage train excursions over the former New York Central Railroad “Auburn Road” branch line between Shortsville, New York, and Geneva, New York, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Three passenger train excursions will be operated from Shortsville to Geneva and return over the Finger Lakes Railway using two diesel locomotives and three passenger coaches. The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society museum in the old New York Central freight station at 8 East High Street in Shortsville will be open to passengers during the excursions.

Each train ride will last two hours and will be a 30-mile round trip. Departure times are 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. All trains will load and unload at the LVRRHS station museum. Passengers are requested to arrive at the boarding location at least 20 minutes before departure time to pick up their tickets. The freight station is located one block south of Main Street in downtown Shortsville via Sheldon Street to East High Street. Free parking is available at this location.

Fares are $22.00 per person for adults and children age 3 and over. Children age 2 and under on lap are free. The ticket price includes the train ride and admission to the museum. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society website at www.lvrrhs.org and clicking on the Excursions link or by calling 585-289-9149 and leaving a message. Seat Yourself credit card charges will appear as Theatre-Tix.com in New York on statements. If the rides are not sold out in advance, walk-up tickets will be available at the LVRRHS station museum at the time of the scheduled trip.

Snacks, beverages, and gift items will be sold at the station. No smoking or alcohol is allowed. There are restrooms at the station and in the passenger coaches. Passengers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.

2019 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 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, and October 20. 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. Other times by appointment only. For more information, call 585-289-9149.

Danny Armitage to Present Railroad History Program at October 20 LVRRHS Open House

A railroad history program will be presented on Sunday, October 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum at 8 East High Street in Shortsville.

The free program, titled “The Kid from Freeville - Growing Up on the Railroad,” will be presented by Danny Armitage of Marathon. His program of lecture and slides covers the people and operations of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from a very unique perspective.

Danny grew up in Freeville where two branch lines of the Lehigh Valley Railroad crossed. From the age of 5, he hung out at the freight station behind his house getting to know all of the trainmen. This led to an unusual childhood of literally growing up on the railroad. From 1963 until the mid-1980s, he rode the locomotives and cabooses over 400 times and was accepted by the crews as one of their own.

Danny resided in the Ovid area for 26 years and worked at the Willard Psychiatric Center and Willard Drug Treatment Center for 30 years. This afforded him time to study both the Willard Asylum and Seneca Army Depot railroads. He now resides in Marathon with his wife Joan Portzline.

Light refreshments will be available and donations will be accepted. The gift shop will be open.

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.
Fall Foliage Train Excursions, Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Next LVRRHS Station Museum Open House: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Next LVRRHS Meeting: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m.