Video Footage From Inside the
Abandoned Rochester Subway Tunnel and Aqueduct
This video was shot on October 12, 2008. We entered the tunnel from the South Avenue entrance and headed north and then west into the Aqueduct. Youll see some vintage photos and footage of the subway spliced into this video to help give you an idea of what youre looking at.
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway (the subway) was built in
its place as a link between the five different railroads and interurban trolley
lines that served the Rochester area. As the industrial landscape of Rochester
changed, and highways replaced the railroads, the Rochester subway gradually
became a relic of a bygone era. In 1956 the subway was abandoned and much of
its route was converted into Interstate 490 built to connect Rochester
with the New York State Thruway (I-90). Read more about the history of the Rochester Subway.
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NY, surrounding communities, and their cultural offerings. Rochesters
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