Rochester City & Brighton R.R. Co. Token (c.1887-1890)

Rochester City & Brighton R.R. Co. Token (c.1887-1890)

Token, Rochester Transit Corporation, Issued 1948

Rochester City & Brighton R.R. Co. Token (Rollover the image to zoom)

This particular token was circulated by Rochester City & Brighton R.R. Co., c.1887-1890. This is a Brass 23mm token. Obverse (front) reads ROCHESTER & BRIGHTON R.R. CO. The reverse reads GOOD FOR ONE FARE. This coin is listed in Atwood-Coffee, #NY 780-B.

Tokens and other Rochester transit artifacts like this one can be highly collectible. We make every effort to display these artifacts in true, high detail so that what you see here is what you will enjoy if you decide to purchase. The token shown above is the token you will receive. As always, if you have any questions regarding this, or any other item, feel free to ask us.


Good for One
City Fare.



Rochester’s first tokens were introduced in 1887 by the Rochester City and Brighton Railway. In those days, city trolleys were horse drawn and tokens (23mm in size) like this one, were sold 22 for $1.00.

The Rochester City & Brighton Railroad Company operated horse-drawn trolleys over 9 miles of track until Rochester Railway Co. took over the operation in 1890. Rochester Railway Co. immediately proceeded to electrify Rochester’s streetcar system with the important South and Lake line. An overhead trolley wire was built and new cars ordered during the summer of 1890. On October 28, a trial run over the Lake line was successfully conducted, and regular service with electric cars began the next day. On November 29, with overhead construction on the South line completed, horsecars were withdrawn over the entire Lake-South line in favor of the new electric cars.

Due to a lack of popularity, tokens were discontinued and replace with tickets until 1900 when the Rochester Railway Co. reintroduced them in their smaller (23mm) size. Since then, tokens have been used regularly for city fares by Rochester Railway Co. and then Rochester Transit Corp. when eventually they would change from metal to plastic.

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