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Finger Lakes Railway engine number 2201, a General Electric model U23B diesel locomotive painted in the Lehigh Valley Railroad color scheme of the 1950's, is seen on the annual fall foliage excursion train at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society station museum in Shortsville, New York, on October 11, 2009. Photograph by David Halderman.

2017 LVRRHS Station Museum Open House Schedule

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum at 8 East High Street in Shortsville, New York, will be open to the public one Sunday afternoon a month from May to October this year. Open house dates will be May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. Hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A large collection of historical artifacts from the Lehigh Valley Railroad is on display at the museum. The gift shop will be open. We will be inviting rail historians to give presentations at some of the open houses. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For more information, call 585-289-9149.

Robert Gongleski to Present Railroad History Program at July 16 Open House

A program on railroad history will be presented on Sunday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society Station Museum at 8 East High Street in Shortsville.

The free program, titled “Along the Line of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from New York to Niagara Falls - A Postcard View of the Lehigh Valley Railroad,” will be presented by Robert Gongleski of Vestal, a member of the Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society since 1988.

The PowerPoint presentation will include 280 vintage postcard views of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, sequenced in order from the eastern terminal of the railroad near the Hudson River and New York City, along the main line to Buffalo and including glimpses of towns and stations along the branch lines.

Gongleski, a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, attended Gettysburg College as a math major and finished his education in computer science at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. After graduation, he relocated to Broome County and has worked at IBM, Cadence Design Systems, and Silicon Aid Solutions. He is currently working at Envisage Information Systems.

He became interested in railroading and model trains as a youngster and recalls his first miniature operation under a Christmas tree at the home of his grandparents in 1951. He lived close to the West Pittston branch of the LVRR and witnessed the railroad operations in anthracite coal country.

Gongleski is planning to bring with him his entire collection of over 850 postcards as well as system maps of the LVRR from 1928 and 1955. He also collects and models the LVRR and is interested in the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad (the Laurel Line) that ran between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Other history-related interests include the Wilkes-Barre and Hazelton Railroad, Northeastern Pennsylvania coal mining history, and street railways of Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley.

Light refreshments will be available and donations will be accepted. The gift shop will be open.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, located in the historic New York Central Railroad freight station in Shortsville, is a non-profit historic preservation organization staffed by volunteers.
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Memberships Open

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society is actively seeking new members for our group. Volunteers are needed for museum operations. Please print and fill out the membership application from the Join section of our website. Thank you for your interest in the LVRRHS.

Donations Welcome

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society welcomes donations of local railroad artifacts and model trains to our museum.  Please fill out the donation form below and contact us to make arrangements.  Thank you for your donation.

Membership Application (283K Fill-in PDF) Donation Form
This is a fill-in PDF, so you can either fill in the form on screen and print, or print it and fill it in manually.

Do you have a relative that worked for the LVRR?

We are maintaining an alphabetical record of former LVRR employees, containing general information and specific railroad job descriptions. If you have a relative that worked for the LVRR, please fill out the LVRR Employee Information form below and submit it to us.

Membership Application (283K Fill-in PDF) Railroad Employee Form
This is a fill-in PDF, so you can either fill in the form on screen and print, or print it and fill it in manually.
Next LVRRHS Station Museum Open House: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Next LVRRHS Meeting: To Be Announced