Party-On Rochester. BYOT! (Bring Your Own Train)

Party-On Rochester. BYOT! (Bring Your Own Train)

This article was scraped from Rochester Subway. This is a blog about Rochester history and urbanism has not been published since 2017. The current owners are now publishing link spam which made me want to preserve this history.. The original article was published January 16, 2010 and can be found here.

HO Gauge Model Trains at the New York Museum of Transportation. The museum as several model train set ups including a working model of the Rochester Subway line.

If you and the kiddies find yourselves moping around the house this winter watching the lint in your bellybuttons pile up, don't blame the good people at the New York Museum of Transportation! That's because NYMT is holding "Bring Your Own Train Sundays" every Sunday now through April 25. Visitors who bring there own model trains can take over the throttles under the supervision of museum volunteers. Visitors are also welcome to become a subway motorman for a day on the museum's N-scale model of the Rochester Subway.

Northern Texas Traction Company car 409 spent many years inside the former Rochester Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant located in downtown Rochester. Mainly through the efforts of NYMT member Charlie Robinson, a trolley historian, car 409 was re-opened for public display inside the NYMT after the Speghetti Warehouse closed.

   And, if model trains aren't your cup of tea, other museum exhibits range from railroading equipment and trolley cars to historic vehicles and carriages. Jim Dierks, a member of the NYMT Board of Trustees, tells us     the museum    also boasts plenty of Rochester Subway artifacts. "...not the least of which is the Casey Jones speeder... the only surviving piece of Subway rolling stock that is in operating condition. We also have models, station signs, and a video that operates continuously in our gallery." Dierks adds, "We also operate a mile-long electrified interurban trolley line...the only trolley operation in New York State."

Bring Your Own Train is free with admission. The museum is located at 6393 East River Road (     map it    ).

Please, please, please make sure you get out there and support this one-of-a-kind museum!

Winter admission is $3 for adults and $2 under 12 years of age. The museum is run entirely by volunteers and is open all year, Sundays only, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 533-1113 or visit

Chris Gemignani

Chris Gemignani

Rochester, NY, USA