ADDRESS & PHONE: 280 Maple Avenue, Victor, NY 14564 - 716-924-2127


OWNERSHIP: Physical property - Ontario County; Operated by - the Ontario Central Railroad.  The Livonia Avon & Lakeville Railroad owns a controlling interest of stock (see STB decision below).





INFRASTRUCTURE: 13.3 miles of track, 136 lb rail




INTERCHANGE POINT & RAILROAD: Shortsville with the Finger Lakes Railway, CSX and Norfolk Southern via the Finger Lakes Railway.

LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER: Click links for pictures (from other websites).   Enginehouse located in Victor at Victor Insulator.  CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE LAL ENGINE ROSTER






418 ALCO RS-36 1962 83697 ex ONCT 86, exx NW 2865, exxx NKP 865
708 EMD SW-9 1952   ex Canton Railroad 51, exx Appalachicola Northern 708 - owned by GSRX (Golden Spike Rail) - lessor

Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 33674]

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corporation--Acquisition of Control Exemption--Ontario Central Railroad Corporation

Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corporation (LAL), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption to acquire a controlling interest, through stock purchase, of Ontario Central Railroad Corporation (ONCT), a Class III rail carrier, which operates 14 miles of rail line between West Victor and Shortsville, NY. 1

\1\ See Ontario Central Railroad Corporation--Operations-- Between Shortsville and Victor, NY, Finance Docket No. 29761 (ICC served Nov. 3, 1981) (Modified Rail Certificate), and Certificate of Designated Operator-Ontario Central Railroad Corp., D-OP 33 (U.S.R.A. Line No. 98/1022), Cancellation of Certificate of Designate Operation--Consolidated Rail Corporation, D-OP 6 (U.S.R.A. Line No. 98/1022) (ICC served Sept. 28, 1979).

LAL owns and operates approximately 30 miles of rail line between Genessee Junction yard in Chili, NY, immediately south of Rochester, and Lakeville, NY. LAL also separately operates approximately 35 miles of track between Hammondsport, Bath and Wayland, NY, which is owned by the Steuben County Industrial Development Authority. 2

\2\ See Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad Corp.--Acquisition and Operation Exemption--Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, STB Finance Docket No. 32941 (STB served May 22, 1996).

Under the terms of an agreement with ONCT, LAL will acquire 3,000 shares of ONCT's treasury stock and 8,900 shares of ONCT's stock, which is currently authorized but unissued. The earliest the transaction could be consummated was October 30, 1998, the effective date of the exemption (7 days after the exemption was filed). LAL states that: (i) the railroads do not connect with each other; (ii) the transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the railroads with each other; and (iii) the transaction does not involve a Class I carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under sections 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Because this transaction involves Class III rail carriers only, the Board, under the statute, may not impose labor protective conditions for this transaction. If the notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 33674, must be filed with the Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of all pleadings must be served on Kevin M. Sheys, Oppenheimer Wolff Donnelly & Bayh LLP, 1350 Eye St., N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005. Board decisions and notices are available on our website at ``WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.''

Decided: November 10, 1998.

By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 98-30652 Filed 11-17-98; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915-00-P



From the Newsday - the Long Island newspaper

Warning to snowmobilers: Stay off the tracks

January 8, 2003, 1:55 PM EST

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP) _ Warning to snowmobilers: Riding the rails can get you fined, if not killed.

Don Brown, vice president and general manager of Ontario Central Railroad, says that's the message he and the police want to drive home as snow-covered tracks offer a tempting route.

Brown has posted nearly 50 signs that say either "NO TRESPASSING" or "NO ATVs, CYCLES or SNOWMOBILES" along the 13 miles of Ontario Central tracks near Rochester. Freight trains make several round trips a week, sometimes two in a day.

"People are obviously risking their own lives" as well as others' by trespassing on the tracks, Brown said. He noted the Christmas Day death of 22-year-old Justin Ordon after an Amtrak passenger train hit his snowmobile in Wilton, north of Albany.

"We've got the police out," Brown said, to make sure that doesn't happen here.

According to Victor Town Justice Edward Lyng, those charged with trespassing on the railroad can be fined up to $300 and/or go to jail for up to 90 days.

Brown said recreational vehicles also can imperil others by damaging tracks.   Snowmobiles can snag and break wires in the grade crossing system, he said, causing false warnings to motorists.

Nine years ago, a train derailed in Wayne County because snowmobiles had packed snow onto the tracks. It then turned to ice and caused the train to flip off the tracks, injuring the crew.


HISTORY: The line is a short section of the former Lehigh Valley main line opened in 1892. Ontario County purchased the property from Conrail, and Ontario Central, which is controlled by local shippers, started service on October 1, 1978. The LAL purchased a controlling interest of the ONCT via stock purchase in October 1998.

CREDITS: Ontario Central RR, John Stewart's and the American Shortline Railway Guide, 5th ed. by Edward A. Lewis

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