• Genesee Falls Railway

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by BR&P
 
Great photo, thanks for posting!

That was not a place for the faint of heart. Especially in winter - the spray from the falls would sometimes coat everything in ice. Imagine riding the deck to pass signals while spotting a customer! Image

The rest of the GFR is not visible there, but it was quite a maze of tracks. I believe we had a thread on it here some time ago.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
They built an N scale model of this same scene which is now on display in the lobby of the Genesee Brew House. it's quite impressive and a great teaching tool.

-otto-
  by BR&P
 
Scot, that's fantastic! There's probably more rail business in that...3/4 mile?..than in all of Rochester on CSX today.

By the way - anybody detect an error in the trackage as drawn there? :wink:
  by CarterB
 
Track along Dowling Pl goes nowhere to nowhere. No connection/s with anything.
  by BR&P
 
CarterB wrote:Track along Dowling Pl goes nowhere to nowhere. No connection/s with anything.
That didn't take you long!

I'm guessing there was actually a turnout where the two tracks are so close on the west end, near the riverbank. But that's JUST a guess.
  by sd80mac
 
BRP- How many local trains used to work at there on same shift? I would guess 2? Was it 24 hour activity in that area (related to train only)
  by D Alex
 
There is still a short section along the brewery's property edge, coming off the Platt St. bridge
  by BR&P
 
sd80mac wrote:BRP- How many local trains used to work at there on same shift? I would guess 2? Was it 24 hour activity in that area (related to train only)
Kachler's book states they had an engine there around the clock, in 1941 when he started. They used Shays there, which went to Goodman Street for servicing. A friend who hired out in 1943 says the Shays were still n the property but not in use at that time.

By 1967 the GFR was switched by the Kent Street job, KS-2, and more recently by GP-1.
  by D Alex
 
OK, why did they use shays? Pretty much every shay I've seen was used in either a mining operation, or else in mountain hauling, usually narrow-gauge.
  by nydepot
 
Shays were used on the Owasco River Railway (NYC affiliated) too, in Auburn.
D Alex wrote:OK, why did they use shays? Pretty much every shay I've seen was used in either a mining operation, or else in mountain hauling, usually narrow-gauge.
  by CPSmith
 
D Alex wrote:OK, why did they use shays? Pretty much every shay I've seen was used in either a mining operation, or else in mountain hauling, usually narrow-gauge.
Low speed, high torque (think: your car in first gear), all wheels powered, able to negotiate tight turning radii
  by scottychaos
 
This one likely worked in Rochester:
dansapo wrote:This time its former NYC shay 7185 that replaced 2-4-2t #3 in 1941. 7185 was used for about 2 years before a broken frame did her in. 7187 was sent as a replacement and worked the line until they dieselized in 1947.A special thanks goes out to the NYCSHS for copying my negative onto a cd for me and in return they get a copy for their archives.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q192 ... 311942.jpg

7185 sitting in Marcellus yard Oct 31 1942 and removed from the roster Jan 1943
(image code isnt working for the forum, I cant embed the photo)

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