Journalist and transportation historian Richard Palmer will bring his slide program “Glimpses of the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad” to the Geneva Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Featured in the presentation are images of the old Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, which ran from Rochester to Auburn, through Geneva, from 1841 to 1958. The Auburn Road was a very busy rail line for more than a century, serving as the major east-west transportation route through the northern Finger Lakes from the Canal Era to the coming of the automobile. Today, portions of the line are still used by the Geneva-based finger Lakes Railway.
Palmer has written several book on area transportation and railroads, the latest one being “Tickets Please,” which is a collection of postcards of the early 20th century depicting railway stations and other train scenes. He is also a member of the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.