Photo courtesy of the collection of Steven Heald and Richard Ransley.
The Sodus Train Depot located on Belden Avenue dates back to around 1872. In that year, the R.W.&O (Rome, Watertown & Ogdensberg) Railroad opened. The depot provided both passenger and freight services. In the early 1930’s, passenger service was discontinued but the freight business continues on to this day. In this 1908 photo, you can see the horse-drawn “Accommodation” omnibus on the side of the depot. It would pick up train passengers and transport them and their luggage to the Snider Hotel on Main Street.
All the following photos are courtesy of Edith Farrington and Sandi Saracen.
Amazingly, the train depot is still used today. It is now part of the Ontario Midland Railroad Corporation. Ontario Midland’s operations are headquartered in the village of Sodus and the depot is used for office space and storage. A two stall engine house with inspection pit was constructed adjacent to the depot in 1979 to facilitate repairs and maintenance as well as storage for the locomotives.
When you visit the depot today, you will be greeted by “Spike” the official adopted Ontario Midland cat who works for room and board at the depot. Spike is a hard working greeter kitty who will appreciate visitors giving him a treat from the treat jar on the counter.
Spike is joined by coworkers Sandi Saracen and her husband Paul. Sandi is the VP/General Mgr. and Paul maintains the three locomotives and keeps them in tip top shape.
In the upper left of this photo of the inside of the train depot (just above Spike’s bed) you can see the old ticket window where passengers purchased their tickets.
This photo shows the large freight doors that were used to unload the freight from the trains.
This photo shows the old wooden ramp leading to the wooden platform in front of the depot where passengers and their luggage would off load.
Bruce Farrington and Sandi viewing two locomotives in the two stall engine house with inspection pit. Both locomotives are currently undergoing extensive maintenance for an upcoming annual maintenance inspection. #3 is an Alco-Switch Engine and went into service on the OMID on July 3, 2001. Number 408 is an RS-36 built in 1962 equipped with an Alco 251 series engine rated at 1800 HP.