Railroads have been tied to the history of central New York State for nearly two hundred years. Through boom and bust, the rail lines of the Leatherstocking region have persevered. This June, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is sponsoring a special guided tour of historic rail operations in Utica and Cooperstown.
The motorcoach tour will depart from Rochester on Saturday, June 6. Upon arrival at Utica, the tour group will enjoy a guided tour of the Union Station presented by the Landmark Society. Restored in 1978, this beautiful 1914 Italianate edifice has served railroad passengers for more than a hundred years, and is the anchor of Utica’s downtown district. Following the tour, we will browse a railroad antique show and sale. Our group will then board a special charter train operated by the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad with equipment borrowed from the Adirondack Scenic Railway to the quaint village of Boonville and dinner at the Boonville Hotel. On Sunday, June 7, our motorcoach will transport our tour group to the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley, where a special chartered train awaits us. We will visit with the volunteers of the C&CV to learn how they are preserving the heritage and history of this old Delaware & Hudson Railway branch line for future generations to enjoy.
Tickets for this guided tour, including motorcoach, station tour, admission to the antique show, and train rides, are $155.00 each, lodging and meals are extra. Tickets must be reserved by May 14, and can be purchased directly from the museum by sending a check payable to R&GV Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 23326, Rochester, NY, 14692, or purchase online at http://rgvrrm.org/utica