Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Hours and Freshman Move-In

Hi everyone! We're on summer break right now, so there will be no regular meetings until the end of August. However, if you're a new student visiting campus this summer and want to check out the club, please contact us and let us know! We would be happy to show you around. New Student Move-In Day is Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Our club is always looking for new members who want to learn more about trains and model railroading and help us build the new and expanded version of our HO scale Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Historic Despatch Junction hobby shop lost to fire


On the afternoon of Monday, May 26, while most people were home enjoying what remained of their Memorial Day weekend, Despatch Junction Hobbies, located in the old freight house in East Rochester, burned to the ground. The first fire call came in around 5:15, but by then it was already too late. More than 80 firefighters from around Monroe County responded to the blaze, and the CSX main line was shut down while water lines and tower ladders attacked the flames.

The structure dates to the 1880s and was Penfield's first passenger station, before it was converted to use as a freight house by the New York Central railroad. It was later sold and was briefly used as a night club before it became Despatch Junction Hobbies nearly 30 years ago. Owner Stan Slade has been a friend and benefactor of this club since our start in 1996. A wide variety of model and toy trains in all scales could be found inside the store, as well as many new, used, and rare items that cannot be replaced. It is with heavy heart we say farewell to Despatch Junction, and we send our best wishes to Stan and all his employees during this most difficult time.

--Photo by Otto M. Vondrak

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Imagine RIT Open House - May 3

Join us for our Imagine RIT Spring Open House! Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Inflatables, games and multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.

Visit our larger and expanded Rochester & Irondequoit Terminal (R&IT) Railroad, an HO scale representation of scenes from Rochester and western New York. See our progress as we build the second version of our popular model train display! Trains will be running and members will be available to answer your questions about the club and our hobby. We are located in Room A420 in the lower level of the Student Alumni Union (Building 4). We will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and this event is FREE and open to everyone! ALL ABOARD!