RUSH — Upstate New York’s autumn foliage attracts viewers from far away and close by.
Those wishing to enjoy the spectacular colors can view them from the windows of an electric trolley car or a diesel train’s caboose at the combined New York Museum of Transportation and Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush.
Rides operate Sundays only, September 16 through November 4. No reservations are required. Trains depart every 30 minutes throughout the day and are included free with admission to the museums. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but visitors should arrive by 3 p.m. in order to see and do everything.
These trolley rides are the only ones in New York State. During their trip, riders can view unspoiled Genesee valley countryside and may even spot a wild turkey, fox or a family of deer.
While the rides are a highlight for visitors, numerous trolley cars, diesel and steam locomotives, antique trucks and cars, horse-drawn vehicles, and smaller artifacts populate the two museums in a hands-on experience that appeals to children and seniors alike. A century-old country depot recalls an earlier time, and a large 11-foot-by-21-foot model railroad runs several trains at once.
Entrance to the combined museum facility is located at 6393 East River Road (Thruway Exit 46, I-390 south to exit 11, NY Rt. 251 West, then 1 mile north on East River Road). Admission for the entire experience is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65, and $5 for students aged 3 through 15. Call (585) 533-1113 for more information.