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Restoring the last Rochester subway car

Rochester, N.Y. It has been almost 60 years since trolleys and subway cars served Rochester. Buses and expressways brought an end to the sights and sounds of the trains.

Rochester residents who are old enough, the sound of a clanging subway car bell will take them back.

In the old days, you could ride from Rowlands in Brighton up to GM on Lexington Avenue, said David Shields, of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum.

Subway car 60 is the only survivor of the Rochester subway fleet, but it is on life support, which is why the Rochester and Genesee Valley Railroad Museum wants to bring it back.

The intention is to restore the car so that the public can enjoy it once again. Everyone has questions about the Rochester subway. We have an actual physical piece of the subway that you can come and enjoy, said Otto Vandrak.

The hope for car 60 is to at least make it look like it did, maybe even get it in shape to ride the rails again, like the other trains from the museum do on its two miles of track.

Nick Otto is a train lover who was born decades after any subway cars rode through Rochester.

Its cool. Its the last trolley car made for Rochester. It definitely needs a lot of work though, Otto said.

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