Make your own free website on Tripod.com

The Lackawanna Express

Rochester and Southern Railroad
Home
Bridge Line to New England and Canada
Chessie's Road
The Route of Phoebe Snow
The Broad Way Route
BR&P Buffalo Division
B&O Fourth Subdivision
Scenic Route of The East
The Big Little Railroad
Route of The Minuteman
Connecting Lines' Services
Route of The Black Diamond
The Friendly Service Route
Route of TrailVan Service
Linking 13 Great States With The Nation

Here  we will take a look  at the Rochester  and Southern Railroad,  the  first regional railroad formed by Genesee  and Wyoming Industries specifically to take  over operation of a portion of the  former  Buffalo,Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway,, then operated by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad,  which left Rochester,NY for the  last time on July 29,1986.

The Rochester  and Southern Railroad began operation of the Baltimore and Ohio's Fourth Subdivision between Rochester,NY and East  Salamanca,NY, a distance of 93 miles,  on July 29,1986. Six ex Conrail EMD GP40s, numbered 101-106 were the road power  and painted in   Genesee  &Wyoming's traditional paint scheme of orange with   wide black  stripes  as were two   ex Southern  Pacific EMD SW1200s procured for switching chores in the Brooks Avenue  Yard, near the Rochester Airport...Official Grand  Opening of the Rochester and Southern Railroad was held in December,1986 and featured such diginitaries  as James Emery,state Senators John Perry,Ralph Quaattraciocci, County Executive Lucian Morin, Mortimer Fuller II,Jervis Langdon, and W.Gifford Moore, to name  a  few.
Festivities included speeches, ribbon cutting, and   a special train   out to  P&L Junction in Caledonia and  back with GP40#106 as power. Business car,"Pride of The Genesee" brought up the rear.Coaches from  the WNY Railroad Historical Society  and Ontario Central Railroad(still painted in Via Rail Canada livery), were rented for the occasion.At 10:00 am, the five car train departed Brooks Avenue and returned at 11:45 am. On board, passengers were  served coffee    and pastries. The train's return to Brooks Avenue concluded the Grand Opening activities. After that, the Rochester and Southern Railroad got down to the business of serving its customers. Trains RS1 and SR2 continued to operate  over the entire line  between Rochester and East Salamannca until mid 1990, when    the portion of the line between  Silver  Lake Junction and  Machias was taken out of    service and later   abandoned,  leaving Gainesville,Bliss,Freedom, and Farmersville without rail service. GP40s 101-106, which began service on the R&S  then went to   the  Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad, which began operations  in 1989, taking over the rest  of the BR&P. Several former  Norfolk and Western GP9s were   sent to the R&S  and t hese, together with several B&P sisters constituted the road power on the R&S until  fairly recently,when GP40s have returned. Both G&W MP15s together with an  SW1200 now  hold   down yard chores at Brooks Avenue. About   twice a week, Rochester Southern receives a loaded coal train from Norfolk Southern, complete with  NS power, which is returned light to the NS interchange  at  Silver Springs. Some of  the customers the Rochester  and Southern Railroad serves include  the following:
1.84 Lumber
2.Lyell Metals
3.Hanson Aggregates
4.Koppers Industries
5.Eastman Kodak
6.United Refining
7.Matthews and Fields Lumber
8.Flower City Builders
9.CF Industries
10.Delphi
11.Pennant
12.Vandenbergh Foods
13.Lapp Insulator
14.Burnwell Gas
15.JD Buckley Feeds
16.Agway
17.Morton Salt
18.American Rock Salt 

This section is where such supporting materials as Mileage tables, etc. are to be    found.
Table1. Rochester to Silver Springs
Mileage...................Stations
0.0.............End of Trackage
1..9...........Lincoln Park
2.4...........Belt   Line Jct.
3.5..........,Brooks Avenue
6.1...........West Shore Jct.
12.0........Scottsville
15.6........Wheatland
18.3........Mumford
19.5.......P&L Junction
25.5......Leroy
33.0......Pavilion
43.7.....Warsaw
49.3.....Silver Lake North
50.0.....Silver Lake South
50.9.....Silver Springs (Interchange with NS)
Table 2. Rochester Industrial Track
Miles....................Stations
0.71.............End of  Track N.
0.63............84 Lumber
0.45...........Lyell Metals
0.26...........Hanson Aggragates(Genesee Leroy Stone)
0.00..........Genesee Junction
Note: This  trackage is all that is left of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Rochester Secondary that  extended from Hinsdale to Rochester.
Table 3. G&W Subdivision
Miles...................Stations
0.0...................P&L Junction
7.8..........................York
11.0.....................Retsof
11.8................Greigsville
15.2................Leicester
17.6................Hampton Jct.
18.3...............Mount  Morris
24.4..............Groveland
32.0..............Dansville
32.2..............End of  Track
Since the closure of Foster  Wheeler, the portion of the line from Mount Morris to Dansville has been  dormant, it's future uncertain..