Two Conrail SW-1500 switchers moving ballast cars over the Genesee River High Falls
on a sunny winter day. Photo by Les Wilson.
This website serves railfans of the Greater Rochester, Finger
Lakes and Western New York areas. These pages emphasize the operation of area
shortline and mainline railroads. Here you will find maps, customers, locomotive
rosters, area railroad attractions, trainspotting guide and other items to the local
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BE A GOOD RAILFAN!
Use good common sense and the utmost safety
when railfanning. Stay off the right of way, yards, and any other railroad owned property.
Trains can come at any place, at any time, and without warning. If you are caught
trespassing on railroad property, you wlll be arrested and charged with trespassing. There
is legislation in Albany to make trespassing on RR property a felony (now it's just a
misdemeanor). Remember, the railroads do not exist for the railfans, but for the purposes
of making money and keeping their customers and shareholders happy. Some railroads
are railfriend friendly and others aren't.
Keep railfans on good terms with the
railroads. Don't ask employees who are working stupid questions - that's what the internet
is for - plenty of RR employees are online to answer your questions. You compromise their
safety by distracting them. Also, cab rides are prohibited by the FRA in most cases - and
are usually reserved for FRA inspectors and company public relations purposes.
Many shortlines are more railfan-friendly and
will grant you permission to photograph on their property with written permission and/or
an insurance/liability waiver. As for the major RR's (NS, CSX, etc...) permission is
generally denied. Please inquire at their offices to obtain access to their property and
be prepared to sign a waver. Not all railroads will accomodate this request.
Also be courteous to other railfans and other
people you meet trackside. You - yes you - represent the railfan
This page will always be an
evolving work in progress -- corrections or
additions are welcome. More to come!! These pages will focus primarily on the
infrastructure, operations, and history of the railroad in Greater Rochester. Originally,
there were no plans to detail locomotives, paint schemes, numbering, former owners,or
rolling stock history into these pages at this time since there are dozens, if not
hundreds of well designed pages on the internet for that sort of thing. However demand, as
well as renewed personal interest has allowed me to start introducing these features into
the page. But, I primarily want to focus on why the railroad exists, where it goes,
and what happened to it. Otherwise, enjoy these pages and thanks for visiting. -- Les Wilson
E-mail Les Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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