Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages
Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages
Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages
Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages
Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages

Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages

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Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann 2001 SC 169 Pages
 
Rochester and Genesee Valley Rails by Mary Hamilton Dann Soft Cover First Printing 2001 May  169 Pages
INTRODUCTION
Because a majority of Rochester area railroads were part of a statewide and/or interstate network, the following narrative places them in a broad historical context. As a result, the purely local is shown as a microcosm of what was transpiring on the larger railroad scene.
From their birth in the 1820's, the railroads underwent the experimental stages that led to maturity and standardization. This process was especially evident at Rochester where the horse railroad gave way to steam power and finally to diesel.
What the railroads did for Rochester was regarded by some as a mixed blessing. That they brought a frontier village into the mainstream of big business there was no doubt. But with them came usurpation of valuable land together with noise, soot and dangerous grade crossings.
Nevertheless, these liabilities were balanced by the excitement of travel by rail. Mammoth engines breathed life into a horse-and-buggy society. Cavernous depots gave space to the hunger for adventure. One stood on a station platform looking past the string of coaches to a future of unbounded promise.
But in the 1920's, autos and trucks initiated a transportation revolution: the country was moving from rails to highways. Although another plus year would elapse before the trend became irreversible, railroads were on a slow but steady decline with passenger service the first casualty.
Beginning in the late 1950's, the nation's railroads faced bankruptcy. Eventually the Federal Government intervened with reorganization and bailout.
The effect of all this upon Rochester was pervasive. From its position as a center of rail activity, it became a way station for through traffic -mainly freight.
Today, its century and a half of railroad history is being preserved by model railroaders, an active Railway Historical Society and the New York Museum of Transportation near Scottsville.
In addition, this volume will provide the reader with a depiction of the railroads at Rochester and exurban communities during a time when they were the principal means of intercity transportation.
Note: The choice of exurban communities was based upon their proximity to Rochester and early direct links with the city by means of the Erie Canal -- Pittsford, Fairport, Spencerport, or the omnipresent New York Central Railroad -- East Rochester, Webster, Charlotte, Hilton.

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