Lifelong train enthusiast Paul Shinal will present an illustrated lecture on the “Auburn Road” in Theater Mack on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm, at the Cayuga Museum.
Shinal will be presenting an historic overview of the railway that still exists today from Canandaigua to Geneva, through Auburn and into Solvay.
The connection of the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad with the Auburn and Rochester Railroad was made in Auburn on November 4, 1841, making November the line’s 175th Anniversary. The rail line is recognized in railroad history as one of the oldest railroads still operating in America. Mr. Shinal’s presentation will span from the line’s earliest days, through the New York Central, Penn Central, and Conrail years to today as the traffic hub of Finger Lakes Railway. Mr. Shinal will illustrate the line’s history with maps, schedules and photos.
The lecture will be in Theater Mack, immediately behind the Cayuga Museum. Admission is $5 for members of the Cayuga Museum, $7 for general public. Call the Museum at (315) 253-8051 for more information. The museum is located at 203 Genesee Street, in Auburn.
Photo: “The “pony” engine “Providence” shown switching the New York Central yards with Auburn State Prison in the background, about 1872” from the Citizen, June 8, 1928.