The return trip was devoid of anyone except some LAL people and maybe a pilot. As related to me it took damn near a week to get back to Livonia and “we were on every railroad in Rochester” and “no railroad in Rochester wanted us”. Believe emergency coal and water had to be provided as this was under own power.
If I am looking at the right thing, the Genesee Valley Regional market has a spur coming off the West Shore main, with a west facing connection, about a mile east of where the Erie Rochester branch crossed the West Shore main.
My question is, back in 1967, what kind of connection existed between the Erie Rochester branch and the West Shore - how exactly might the return trip to Livonia have been routed? Looking at old maps, there was a connection in the NE quadrant of the junction between the West Shore and the LV (which was adjacent to the Erie, on its east side) at the junction, and another in the NW quadrant between the West Shore and the Erie. But looking at aerial photos at http://www.historic.aerials.com
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, by 1969 both of those connections were gone. If that were the case in 1967, how could the return trip have been made (without going back to Batavia)? Indeed, perhaps via "every railroad in Rochester"?
Also, even if those connections were still in in 1967, the regional market is on the south side of the West Shore, so if the West Shore were double track in 1967, a crossover to the northernmost track would have been needed to reach the connections at the junction.
EDIT: perhaps by going west on the West Shore, then at Genesee Junction going north on the PRR Rochester branch, then reversing to get on the Erie just past where the Erie crossed the Genesee River by the Univ. of Rochester? Any connections at Genesee junction in 1967?, and were both the PRR Rochester branch and Erie branch still active so far north (ERie going past U of R and over the river...)