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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.


The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, in cooperation with the Finger Lakes Railway, will sponsor Santa train excursions over the former New York Central Railroad “Auburn Road” branch line between Shortsville, New York, and Phelps, New York, on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Four passenger train excursions will be operated from Shortsville to Phelps and return over the Finger Lakes Railway using two diesel locomotives and three passenger coaches. Santa Claus will be onboard the trains to visit with children.

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. The station museum will be decorated for the holidays and will have an expanded operating N scale model train display. Operation Lifesaver will have a railroad safety exhibit. The museum gift shop will be open.

Each train ride will last one hour and will be an 18-mile round trip. Departure times are 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 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 $18.00 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. If you need assistance or more information, please call 585-289-9149 and leave a message for a return call. 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 and onboard the trains. The Shortsville Fire Department will operate a concession stand 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.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society was organized in 1994 to preserve the memory of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and its employees in New York State. In October 2001, the LVRRHS purchased the ex-New York Central Railroad freight station in Shortsville for use as a museum and meeting place. The proceeds from the train excursions will benefit the society’s museum operations.

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.
Santa Train Excursions - Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. (Order tickets for Excursions here)

Next LVRRHS Station Museum Open House: To Be Announced

Next LVRRHS Meeting: To Be Announced