HF-M Historical Society to feature railroads

The October 4, 2018 meeting of the Honeoye Falls/Mendon Historical Society will feature David J. Monte Verde. The title of his presentation is “Honeoye Falls Railroads”…

He was born in Dansville, NY. After earning a BS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he spent his formative business years at the General Railway Signal Company. He left to become a Program Manager for New York City Subway contracts. He then began a railway equipment leasing company which led to his founding the Genesee Valley Transportation Company (GVT RAIL).

His first GVT railroad was on the small Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad in Western New York in 1988. Mr. Monte Verde has seen the GVT grow from a humble 3-mile weed grown railroad with no customers to a system of five railroads. GVT operations in New York and Pennsylvania are now traversing over 300 miles of track and handling over 12,000 freight cars yearly. In addition, GVT operates tourist trains on three of its railroads.

Monte Verde is President of the Genesee Valley Transportation Co., Inc. He is the current Secretary of Regional Railroads of New York. He is also a Director for the Railroads of Pennsylvania Association. He resides in the City of Rochester.

His program will look at two of the three railroads that served Honeoye Falls: The New York Central’s Peanut Branch and the Lehigh Valley.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4th at the Mendon Community Center, 167 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls. This facility is handicapped accessible. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call 624-5655.

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