header (32K)

Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive No. 4014, largest operating steam engine in the world, passes beneath a steam-era coaling dock at Nelson, Ill., as part of its Midwest tour en route from display in West Chicago, Ill., to Iowa via the former Chicago & North Western main line. The Southern California Chapter of R&LHS displayed and maintained the engine from 1962 to 2013, when the chapter returned it to UP in trade for other equipment. UP found that No. 4014 was in the best condition of any of the surviving eight (of 25 built) Big Boy engines built 1941-1944, and proposed the trade. UP then restored the Big Boy to operation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the May 10, 1869, driving of the Golden Spike to complete the first transcontinental railroad. Photo taken July 30, 2019, by Dan Cupper

R&LHS 2022 Annual Meeting

Rochester Rails
2022 R&LHS Annual Meeting

Download the Rochester Rails Registration Form Here.

Learn about the rich history of transportation in western New York state and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Rochester Rails 2022, the annual meeting of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

This event will be based in Rochester, N.Y., from June 1 through June 5. Planned highlights include rare-mileage excursions on former New York Central trackage (Finger Lakes Railroad) and the Arcade & Attica Railroad.

A dinner charter is scheduled aboard the 149-seat tour boat Colonial Belle on the Erie Canal.
The group will visit American Motive Power in Dansville, N.Y. Founded in 2005, AMP maintains a 650,000-square-foot facility for locomotive repair and overhauls, paintings, wreck rebuilds, modifications, and installation of Positive Train Control, air starters, electric starters, and remote-control operation.

Railroad museums on the schedule to be visited are:

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, Rush, N.Y.
Martisco Railroad Museum, Martisco, N.Y.
On Friday, June 3, graphic designer, illustrator, and author Otto Vondrak will present a program of his work.
Other speakers will appear at the annual banquet. They are Len Wagner (Genesee & Wyoming Railroad), Mike Smith (Finger Lakes Railroad) and David Monte Verde (Genesee Valley Transportation).


$450 R&LHS members (spouse or significant other may also register at this rate) $480 Non-members (includes one year R&LHS national membership dues)
Price includes:

Social hour hors d’oeuvres (cash bar) on June 1.
AMP tour, lunch, RGVM tour, Colonial Belle ticket, dinner and motor-coach transportation on June 2.
Arcade & Attica excursion, lunch and motor-coach transportation on June 3.
Finger Lakes excursion, lunch, admission to Martisco Railroad Museum and motor-coach transportation on June 4.
Annual banquet on June 4.
Annual members’ breakfast meeting on June 5.

Hotel Information

The Hilton Garden Inn – Rochester Downtown (155 E. Main St.) has reserved a block of rooms for R&LHS members until May 2, 2022, at a special rate of $149 (plus taxes) per room (king or queen bed) per night. This rate includes breakfast each morning in the hotel lobby. To secure this rate, call 1-800-HILTONS or book online using the promotion code RLHS22 at www.hilton.com.

After entering www.hilton.com, look up Rochester, N.Y., for the dates June 1-5. Enter RLHS22 in the special rates section. It will take you to a selection of Rochester Hilton properties. Click on Hilton Garden Inn Downtown and you will see the room selection at our group rates. On or after May 3, 2022, reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis at the best rate available at the time of booking.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 1

3:00 pm Registration (Hilton Garden Inn Downtown) – Eggleston Ballroom
5:00 pm Social hour with hors d’oeuvres (cash bar) – Ritter Room
6:00 pm Dinner on your own
7:30 pm R&LHS Board meeting – Eggleston Ballroom

Thursday, June 2

6:00 am Complimentary breakfast in hotel lobby
7:45 am Buses depart hotel
9:00 am Tour plant of American Motive Power, Dansville, N.Y.
10:30 am Buses depart AMP
Noon Box lunch at Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum – Rush, N.Y.
1:00 pm Tour RGVM
5:30 pm Buses depart RGVM
6:30 pm Dinner charter on Erie Canal
(Colonial Belle tour boat) 9:30 pm Boat returns to Fairport, N.Y.
10:00 pm Buses arrive at hotel

Friday, June 3

6:00 am Complimentary breakfast in hotel lobby
7:45 am Buses depart hotel
9:30 am Arrive Arcade, N.Y. – Arcade & Attica train excursion (lunch included)
4:30 pm Buses depart Arcade, N.Y.
6:00 pm Buses arrive hotel, dinner on your own
8:00 pm Railroad history presentation by speaker Otto Vondrak – Paul Louis Room

Saturday, June 4

7:00 am Complimentary breakfast in hotel lobby
8:30 am Buses depart hotel
10:00 am Arrive Geneva, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Railroad train excursion (lunch and tour of Martisco Railroad Museum included)
4:00 pm Buses depart Geneva
5:00 pm Buses arrive hotel
6:00 pm Social hour (cash bar) – Ritter Room
7:00 pm Annual banquet with Len Wagner (G&W), Mike Smith (FGLK), David Monte Verde (GVTR) – Ritter Room

Sunday, June 5

8:00 am Members’ breakfast meeting – Ritter Room
11:00 am Closing remarks and adjournment

News: JSTOR, a members benefit / Research Grants / Film: Railfan Activities 1930s / Join or Renew

Webmaster Nick Fry

steam locomotive photo
Archives photo of interest

This site makes extensive use of Adobe PDF pages.
Download your free Adobe PDF reader.

facebook (6K)