Sorry but I have two addictions, Uh make that three....four One is boats and the other is trains, add to that firetrucks....carousels.
Here I'm going to list a few railroad museums and where you can still ride the rails.
Places that you can catch a boat ride.
Plus a few firehouse museums to explore.
Please help support these places before they are gone forever. Sadly just like a place called 'Roadside America', which was just closed and piece auctioned away forever 1935-2021.
Medina Railroad Museum, Medina NY -
Here is the largest HO layout in NY. It also has a fireman helmet collection that is over 484 helmets. Has train riding events in the spring and fall, that run along the Erie Canal and over the ''upside down RR bridge''.
Open later in the week and on weekends. Easy walk from the canal in downtown Medina.
530 West Ave, Medina NY 14103
Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum -
Right on the Erie Canal. Wall parking at the doorstep.
16 East Ave, Spencerport, NY 14559
The following two (R&GV - NYMT) are kind of sort of together. Their respective museums are neighbors and connected by rail.
So make sure you visit both.
Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum -
Has train rides.
282 Rush Scottsville Rd, Rush, NY 14543
New York Museum of Transportation -
Has trolley rides.
6393 E River Rd, West Henrietta, NY 14586
Attic & Arcade Railroad -
Has train rides, also real a Steam Engine.
278 Main St, Arcade, NY 14009
Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway -
Has trains to ride. Train cars and the depot in South Dayton NY, were used in the 1987 movie 'Trains, Planes and Auotmobiles'.
The same depot was used in another movie 'The Natural'.
4 Scott St, Hamburg, NY 14075
Finger Lakes Railway -
Has train rides.
68 Border City Rd, Geneva, NY 14456-1099
Finger Lakes Live Steamers -
Scale model Steam Engines running outdoors.
302 Clyde-Marengo Rd, Clyde, NY 14433
Bullthistle Model Railroad Museum -
No train rides but a nice small museum.
33 Rexford St. Norwich NY 13815
Also while you are at the Bullthistle Museum, go across the street to the car museum and nextdoor to the Diecast Museum.
Wheels in Time Diecast Museum -
Toy car museum.
27 Rexford St, Norwich NY 13815
Northeast Classic Car Museum -
Nice small old car collection.
24 Rexford St, Norwich NY 13815
Adirondack Railroad -
Has train rides. Two stations.
Also has Railbikes. Polar Express.
Utica station - 321 Main St, Utica, NY 13501
Thendara station - 2568 State Route 28, Thendara, NY 13472
The Erie Canal Village -
This old timey village showing the canal town history. Has a narrow gauge Steam Engine ride. Also a canal replica.
5789 Rome-New London Rd, Rome, NY 13440
Trolley Museum of New York -
Trolley rides along the Hudson River.
89 E Strand St. Kingston, NY 12401
Boothbay Railway Village -
Has Steam train rides.
586 Wiscasset Rd, Route 27,Boothbay, ME 04537
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad CO & Museum -
Has diesel and Steam Engine that you can drive for a fee. Right down on the waterfront. Polar Express. Great place.
49 Thames St, Portland, ME 04101
Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway -
Has Steam narrow gauge train to ride. Even a Model A railcar. Just awesome! Out in the middle of nowhere.
97 Cross Rd, Alna, ME 04535
Seashore Trolley Museum -
World's first and largest electric railway museum.
195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport, ME 04046
the Shore Line Trolley Museum -
Has trolleys that you can drive for a fee.
17 River St, East Haven, CT 06512
the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat -
Has Steam Train that you can drive for a fee. Also has a Steam Boat ride. Dinner train. Railbikes. Thomas the Train.
1 Railroad Ave, Essex, Ct 06426
Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad -
Several train ride options and at four locations. Has a dinner train. Railbikes. Ask about caboose rentals.
64 Railroad St, Lincoln, NH 03251
154 Main St, Meredith, NH 03253
211 Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach, NH 03247
and Laconia, NH
the Cog Railway -
Ride to the top of Mount Washington NH. You can also do it by car.
Butt, be warned of moons on the Appalachian Trail.
3168 Base Station Rd, Mount Washington, NH 03589
the Appalachian Trail -
Hey while you are here at the Cog in NH, you actually cross over the Appalachian Trail. 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine.
They say the hikers tradition is uh, moon the Cog as it passes by.
Here is their website if you want more info about the trail, not the mooning.
Conway Scenic Railroad -
Has few train ride options, with dinner trains and a dome car. Huge Steam Engine.
Ask about the Frankenstein Bridge and their Fire Truck with train running gear.
38 Norcross Circle, North Conway, NH 03860
These two (RBM&N - LG) are associated with each other. They both use the city of Jim Thorpe.
RBM&N Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad -
Has a few train class ride options. Two locations and into the city of Jim Thorpe. Has Steam engines.
3501 Pottsville Pike, Muhlenberg Township, PA
1 Railroad Blvd, Port Clinton, PA
Lehigh George -
Is a train ride, where a few you can bring your bicycle with you. Rent the caboose for 6 people.
One Susquehanna St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
The Colebrookdale Railroad -
Has very nice dinner train cars. Railbikes. Rent the caboose.
64 S Washington St, Boyertown, PA 19512
The Stourbridge Line -
Lots of older diesel. Some lunches on trains.
812 Main St, Honesdale, PA 18431
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine &Steam Train -
Two unique rides. One goes 1,700ft into a moutain...yes a mine cart into the mine. The other is a Steam Engine ride around the mountain. Both very cool.
2001 Walnut St, Ashland, PA 17921
*not far from Yuenling Brewery.
These two are right across the street from each other.
Stasburgh Railroad -
Has train rides with different class options. Some dinner trains. You can drive a Steam Engine. Home of Thomas the Train.
301 Gap Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania -
You MUST come see this place...the greatest!!!
Step on to real train engines all inside a huge building.
300 Gap Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
*just down the street is..
The Toy Train Museum - kind of a bore.
The Red Caboose - motel made of individual cabooses.
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad -
Train rides and special Speeder ride days. also only mail train still in service.
Can bring your bike and kayak days.
407 S Perry St, Titusville, PA
Train tix - (814) 676-1733
Caboose Motel - (800) 827-0690
Lake Shore Railway Museum -
31 Wall St. North East, PA 16428
Greenville Museum -
Train and a seperate Canal museum.
Train - 314 Main St, Greenville, PA 16125
Canal - 60 Alan Ave, Greenville, PA 16125
Everett Railroad -
Has Steam Engine.
244 Loop Rd, Holidaysburg, PA 16648
The Railroaders Memorial Museum / the Horseshoe Curve -
Come see the ''Curve''.
Museum - 1200 Ninth ave, Altoona, PA 16602
the Curve - 2400 Veterans Memorial Highway, Altoona, PA 16602
The two ''Incline Railways'' in Pittsburgh -
the Duquesne Incline -
Closer to the fountain.
1197 West Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
the Monongahela Incline -
around 144 West Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
*Also go see...
Bicycle Heaven - 4,000 bicycles, you won't believe this place.
Senator John Heinz History Center - 4th floor is Mr Rogers.
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum -
Has beautiful trolley rides. Some great old timers that love showing their rolling stock. Come see the Daniel Trolley event (Mr Rogers).
1 Museum Rd, Washington, PA 15301
Rockhill Trolley Museum -
Wow, come see the trolleys and go for a ride.
430 Meadow St. Rockhill Furnance PA 17249
Cuyahoga Valley -
Has train rides. Even has Executive Class; Dome View Cars; ask about renting the Caboose. Dinner car and bring a bike options.
Three locations to board.
7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131
1630 Mill St, Peninsula, OH 44264
27 Ridge St, Akron, OH 44308
Age of Steam Roundhouse -
Lots of steam.
213 Smokey Lane Rd, Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Nickel Plate Express -
Has trains to ride and a dinner train. Also a red caboose.
Forest Park Dr, Nobelsville, IN 46060
National Railroad Museum in Green Bay WI -
Has train rides.
2285 South Broadway, Green Bay, WI 54304
The Henry Ford Museum -
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
B&O Railroad Museum -
Has train rides and Steam Engines. Thomas the Train.
901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223
Tennessee Valley Railroad -
Has dinner train rides, also Steam Engines. Thomas the Train.
4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Stone Mountain Park -
Has a train ride, also a Skyride.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Rail Explorers -
Unique bike on the train track rails. Three locations.
70 High St, Phoenicia, NY 12464
1 Alexander Rd, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, RI 02871
601 Yucca St, Boulder City, NV 89005
Agawa Canyon Tour Train -
Has a train to ride.
87 Huron St, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada P6A 6Y2
Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario -
Has train to ride and a caboose to overnight in.
90 Williams St. W, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada K7A 5A5
46 listed - 37 rides
Erie Canal Boat Tour -
the Colonial Belle at the Erie Canal in Fairport NY.
the Sam Patch -
Tour the Erie Canal on a replica 1800's packet boat.
Schoen Place in Pittsford NY.
the Harbor Town Belle -
Experience the Lower Genesee River and Lake Ontario.
Capt Bill's Cruises -
Tour Seneca Lake NY.
Cayuga Lake NY -
Buffalo Harbor Cruises -
Buffalo River History Tours -
North Star Cruises -
How about a personal pontoon boat ride on the Erie Canal.
Go right down to the Medina basin behing main st. This boat ride will take you right over the famous canal culvert.
Hudson River Maritime Museum -
Wooden boats and sails. You can also transient dock here.
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, New York 12401
Fire Dept Museums...
Volunteer Firemen's Museum -
Vol fireman museum in NY near the Hudson River.
265 Fair St, Kingston, New York 12401
Ok so here are a list of local ride on carousel parks...
Olcott Carousel Park -
1928 Herschell Carousel, plus five other old time kid rides. All rides are 25cents.
5979 E Main Street, Olcott NY
Ontario Beach Park -
1905 Dentzel Carousel. 52 animals and two charriots.
4800 Lake Ave, Rochester
Herschell Carousel Factory Museum -
The place where it all started. Has several working kid rides.
180 Thompson St, North Tonawanda
Buffalo Heritage Carousel -
1 Marine Drive, Buffalo
Lakeside Park Carousel -
1 Lakeport Road, St Catherines, Canada.
Broome County Carousels -
Five carousels at different locations in this county. Take the tour of all.
City of Binghamton and Johnson City NY
Farmers Museum -
NY State animal carousel.
5775 State Highway 80 Lake Rd, Cooperstown
Did you know there are several American Legions along the Erie Canal.
Buffalo; Tonawanda; Lockport; Medina; Albion; Holley; Brockport; Spencerport; Macedon; Palmyra; Newark; Lyons; Seneca Falls; Syracuse; Canastota; Oneida; Rome; Oriskany; Utica; Frankfort, Ilion; Herkimer, Little Falls; St Johnsonville; Fort Plain; Amsterdam; Cohoes; Green Island; North Albany; Rensselaer.
Our location and how to contact us...
Mile 313.60'ish on the Erie Canal
Call or text: email for phone number
*best way to catch me...
*worst way to find me. Still don't know how to tweet...
and less in some places.
The western Erie Canal does have speed limits.
The Canal Corp staff at the locks and the lift bridges, actually keep track of your times passing thru. They contact the staff at your next stop, to let them know traffic is coming and to expect your arrival time. Some staff even operate two separate lift bridges.
Also bank erosion.
Even though the banks of the canal is covered in large rocks, your wake is undermining it.
This is why we have these ''Guard Gates'' that you pass under every few miles. If the canals embankment has a blowout, these drop to prevent mass water exiting. It has happened.
Watch your wake.
*Please put contact info on your outdoor gear like kayaks; canoe; dingy; life jackets / preservers; throw rings; bumpers / fenders. Anything that can come off your boat.
The reason is, say if your kayak slipped off without you knowing and is found out by itself. Now local fire depts and the Coast Guard will be out looking for a potential water rescue victim(s).
These rescue teams can contact you without doing a massive search for a non-existing emergency.
We all want to find those in need of help, but wayward items just puts undue stress on resources.
If you are out on the Great Lakes or other waterways around them and looking to eat.
'Dock and Dine' lists eateries that you can easily access by boat. In most cases you can dock right there or it is a very short walk.
Check them out or send them a link to your favorite place for them to list.
Hey, do you live on the Erie Canal or close by and want to be a local host?
Hosts help people on the canal like the walkers; cyclists; kayakers; boaters and others. All these groups are so different, yet use the same space here on the canal. Local people that live on the canal, see all the people and some want to help.
Mixed in the listing on the webpages here will be a few Erie Canal Hosts. They might have a private dock; a place to pitch a tent or RV spot; a parking spot for your car or trailer for an extended stay; a local onsite person to help with issues or as a guide.
Does that sound like something you want to assist with? Send me a message and I will try to explain the details better.
Do you need your boats AC unit serviced?
Located in Tonawanda NY, western end of the Erie Canal. Call Tim (716) 831-0333
Fellow big boat owner and good guy.
Need a Ford Bronco rental in Buffalo NY?
Here is an Airbnb for your stay..
How about do you need a campsite on the western Erie Canal?
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