The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was one of the largest and most influential railroads in American history and had a myriad of lines in Western New York. The Rochester Branch extended from a connection with the Buffalo Line in Hinsdale north to Rochester. A portion of the railroad was built on the former Genesee Valley Canal which ran from Rochester to Olean.
The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company was established on April 9, 1870. On January 10, 1872 the Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Extension Rail Road Company was formed. Two days later the Northern extension of the Rochester, Nunda and Pennsylvania Railroad Company was established. The three railroads merged on May 17, 1872 to form the Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company (of 1872). On March 24, 1873 the combined company merged with the Northern Railroad and Navigation Company in Pennsylvania to form the Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road Company (of 1873).
The Rochester, Nunda & Pennsylvania Rail Road company was reorganized on June 26, 1877 as the Rochester, Nunda & Pittsburgh Railroad Company. On July 11, 1881 this company merged with the Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of February, 1881) to form the Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania Railroad Company (of July, 1881). This company was leased in 1882 to the
Lines and Stations
The following were the stations on the New York section of the line.
Mileage is from Rochester.
- There was a 2.9 mile branch from Scottsville to Garbutt
- Hinsdale was the junction with the Buffalo Line
The Swains Branch extended from Nunda to Swains with the following stations:
Mileage is from Nunda Junction.
- Passenger service discontinued April, 1941.
- Scottsville to Garbutt authorized for abandonment April 26, 1944. ICC Finance Docket 14487.
- Rochester - Wadsworth Junction authorized for abandonment 1971 ICC Finance Docket 26147
- Wadsworth Jct. - Hinsdale authorized for abandonment Jan. 15, 1963, ICC Finance Docket 21890
- May 22, 1952 - Old Timers on the Rochester Branch of the PRR
- Palmer, Richard. Mileage and abandonment information.