The New York Museum of Transportation is a volunteer-run organization that specializes in bringing the history of transportation to life. It is located at 6393 East River Road, West Henrietta, NY. The museum is open year-round on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., although the ride season is from mid-May through October with additional Holly Trolley rides in November and December.
purchase your tickets. The tickets will show the departure time for your trolley ride. You'll likely have some time before departure to check out the restored train cars. Inside you'll see some of the original seats, old ads hanging up, the old window shades...elements of the antique trains that will help you imagine what they looked like in their heyday. Climb onto the track sweeper, steam engine, dining car, and more.
Upon exiting the model train room, turn left to see the antique cars (or to stop at the restroom). There is a 1926 farm truck, a 1941 Chevy sedan, and a 1951 Mack fire truck. Kids can sit in each of these vehicles, and even ring the bell on the fire truck.
Finally, board the diesel train once more - and if it's a caboose, be sure to climb up to the cupola for a great view. Then at Midway Station, transfer back to a trolley that will bring you back to the Museum of Transportation.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
- Parking is free. Check the web site for admission prices (usually between $5-$8).
- Plan to eat before or after your visit; there really is not a good spot to eat at the museum. Although birthday parties make use of the dining car for snacks and cake!
- The trolley ride will take at least one hour round trip (more likely, it will be an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half).
- Use the restroom before your trolley ride; there are no restrooms en route and no restrooms at either Midway Station or the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Also, there is only one restroom at the Museum of Transportation and there will likely be a line just before each departure and just after each arrival of the trolley.
- There is no diaper changing table in the restroom.
- Both museums are stroller-friendly, however you won't want to bring a stroller aboard the trolley. Also, leave the stroller outside the model train room - it's a tight squeeze inside with lots of fragile trains and equipment all around.