This particular token was circulated by NYS Railways Rochester Lines, 1932-1938.
This is a Bronze 20mm token. Obverse (front) reads ROCHESTER LINES N.Y.S. RYS.
The reverse reads GOOD FOR SCHOOL FARE ONLY. This coin is listed in Atwood-Coffee, #NY 780-E.
Tokens and other Rochester Subway artifacts like this one can be highly collectible.
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Good for One School Fare Only.
Rochesters 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), were sold 22 for $1.00.
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 (16mm) 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.
In 1943 Donald Byrne, who was with the RTC and its rail predecessors for 59 years, recalled the following:
When tokens were introduced, riders had to walk to the front of the car and hand one to the driver.
Later, fare conveyors were installed and passengers could board at the rear, find a seat, and drop a token
into the conveyor. On the old cars there was a device that registered the passengers as they stepped onto
the rear platform. That indicated to the driver how many passengers were aboard. If someone tried to evade
paying a fare the driver would jingle a warning belland everyone would look to see who didnt pay.
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RTC Token (1948-1965)
Good for one city fare on all bus and trolley lines (including the Rochester Subway). Issued 1948. 16mm. White Metal, Copper-plated.
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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