Genesee Falls Railway

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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Tue May 15, 2018 6:51 pm

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.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed May 16, 2018 10:08 am

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.

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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby scottychaos » Wed May 16, 2018 12:48 pm

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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Wed May 16, 2018 5:41 pm

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:
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby CarterB » Wed May 16, 2018 6:28 pm

Track along Dowling Pl goes nowhere to nowhere. No connection/s with anything.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Wed May 16, 2018 8:07 pm

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.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby sd80mac » Thu May 17, 2018 7:50 am

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)
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby CPSmith » Fri May 18, 2018 8:50 am

... and for good measure, here's the 1965 DICCS map:

http://chris9411.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... id=4912507
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby D Alex » Fri May 18, 2018 5:53 pm

There is still a short section along the brewery's property edge, coming off the Platt St. bridge
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Fri May 18, 2018 7:03 pm

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.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby D Alex » Sun May 20, 2018 4:05 pm

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.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby nydepot » Sun May 20, 2018 5:33 pm

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.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby CPSmith » Sun May 20, 2018 5:48 pm

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
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby scottychaos » Mon May 21, 2018 8:58 am

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/dansapo/Marcellus%20and%20Otisco%20Lake/Shay7185MarceellusNY10311942.jpg

7185 sitting in Marcellus yard Oct 31 1942 and removed from the roster Jan 1943


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