Rochester Subway

1928 Rochester Subway Map (24"x36")

Rochester Subway Poster (24"x36")

24"x36" Rochester Subway Poster (Rollover the image to zoom)
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The Rochester Subway may
be gone, but this detailed,
24"x36" poster brings back
a piece of history.

Most people have no idea that Rochester NY used to have a subway. From 1927 until 1956, red and cream colored trolley cars and four-car commuter trains rushed thru tunnels beneath downtown Rochester and above ground from the General Motors plant all the way to Elmwood Avenue and Rowlands. Known to most simply as the “Subway,” it was built to ease interurban traffic from the streets of Rochester. It also served as an interchange for the five railroads that entered the city and as a link to interurban lines serving the east and west.

The impressive reach of the subway was possible because it utilized the bed of the old Erie Canal. When the subway opened in 1928, it was celebrated as a rebirth for the old canal and aqueduct as a new “instrument of transportation and commerce.”

This poster is a comprehensive look at the Rochester Rapid Transit & Industrial Railway (The Subway) with all of it's stations and connections to streetcar lines and the regional railroads of the day. This map is based on various railroad, streetcar, and subway maps including the Electric Railroader's Association map by Vitaly Uzoff and Chas. Yingling.external link and took us several months to compile.

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This 24"x36" map shows the entire track route of the Rochester Subway with all station locations, plus streetcar lines and regional railroads—several of which connected to the Subway itself. Rail loops, bridges, tunnels, and geographic landmarks are all depicted and tell the amazing story of Rochester’s vibrant rail infrastructure.

This detailed map is complimented with fascinating photography and vintage illustrations of Subway stations, the Aqueduct tunnel, and other historic Rochester locations that could be reached by rail during the time.

The Rochester Subway Map
(16"x20" Poster)

Fun wall-art and a great conversation piece! This 16"x20" poster shows the original path of the Rochester Subway and where the subway might have been expanded had it not been undone by the interstate highway system in the 1950's.

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RTC Token T-Shirt
This cool T-shirt sports a vintage RTC token on the front and the flip side of the token on the back. Choose from basic and organic t-shirts to hooded sweatshirts in any size and a variety of colors.

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City of Rochester, New York
Typographic Poster

An incredible piece of typographic art, straight from the pages of a 1910 atlas, and perfect for any modern Rochesterian to display proudly at home or in the office.

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About the Rochester Subway Poster...

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¤ Rochester Subway Poster Press Release
¤ Article by Otto M. Vondrak
¤ Design by Mike Governale

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