Despatch 

Junction Est. 1982


We will be closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

(585)-385-5570

(585)-385-5570

Hours:

Monday: 10AM-4PM

Tuesday: 10AM-4PM

Wednesday: 10AM-4PM

Thursday: 10AM-4PM

Friday: 10AM-5PM

Saturday: 10AM-5PM

Sunday: Closed


 

 

Thank You to Our Veterans!

All Veterans, Active Military Personnel, and First Responders will Receive 

10% Everything Store Wide over Memorial Day Weekend*

(Restrictions may apply to certain MAP-subject items)



Since 1982, Despatch Junction has been providing the Greater Rochester Area with an unparalleled inventory of antique, toy, and model trains, and endeavors to deliver a truly unique shopping experience. We've recently launched an online store, and are working to build it up to represent a portion of our in-store inventory.


Located on the CSX New York-Chicago main, you can simultaneously browse and watch real trains! We usually see more than a dozen trains in any given business day, varying in consist from oil trains and general merchandise to Amtrak's passenger services from New York City to all points west. 


We specialize in the sale and repair of modern and vintage American Flyer and Lionel model trains, but maintain a wide and varied inventory from N to G scale, with an occasional items from the likes of Z and F. We are an authorized dealer for Athearn, Atlas, Kadee, Kato, Lionel, Rapido, Walthers, and others. If you can't find what you need in our stock, we are more than happy to do whatever it takes to find you that special train. 

our shop is located at 10o Station Rd in East Rochester, NY - just off Despatch Dr. at the corner of Washington St, across from Leo's bakery. It'll be the first driveway on the right.

Have a question? Try our FAQs page! (<-click here)


One of CSX's 4,400 horsepower locomotives roars past Despatch Junction with a heavy freight train.

REPAIRS: 

All repairs and upgrades not performed day-of are handled by Frank and Doug. Frank is in on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30am - 5:00pm, and Doug is usually in for a few hours on Saturdays. Due to high volume and circumstances outside of our control, we've currently got a bit of a backlog. We're still working through the last of the holiday work orders (and boy were there a lot!), so our expected lead time is about 2 months.

Railroad Fun Within a Day's Drive of Rochester

Despatch Junction is not financially aflliated with the following organizations. We do not benefit in any way from listing them here, and it is done so solely for your convenience and enjoyment.

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

282 Rush-Scottsville Rd. in Rush

RGV features a wide array of operating equipment, as well as extensive restoration facilities and train rides. Open to the public select weekends in the spring, summer, and fall. Check their website, www.rgvrrm.org, for exact hours.

Medina Railroad Museum

530 West Ave. in Medina

The Medina Railroad Museum is housed in a truly immense ex-New York Central freight house, which is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday. They also have a pair of New York Central E8 diesels, and a set of passenger cars with which they run regular excursions. See the musuem's website, www.medinarailroadmuseum.org for details.

New York Museum of Transportation

6393 East River Rd. in Henrietta

Open most of the year on Sundays, the NYMT has a pair of beautifully restored and operational interurban electric passenger cars, as well as a collection of trolley equipment and antique motor vehicles. Their website is www.nymtmuseum.org.


Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Utica Station in Utica

Showing off some of upstate New York's best scenery, the Adirondack Scenic offers dedicated tourist services from Utica and Thendara to Old Forge, Ramsen, and others. It's an incredible experience, and definitely not to be missed! Take a look at their offerings at www.adirondackrr.com.

Upcoming Train Shows/Events

Despatch Junction does not normally attend local train shows and events in any official capacity, however they are posted here for you convenience. We work to ensure these are as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we nonetheless encourage you to check with the hosting organization before committing to going anywhere. If you have an event you would like posted here, please Contact Us.

Every day is a train show on our Online Store!

Spring Into Summer (Tonawanda)

755 Erie Ave, Tonawanda, NY 14120 (Knights of Columbus)

Sunday, April 7th : 10am to 3pm


Great Batavia Train Show (Spring)

1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020

Sunday, April 14th : 9:30am to 3:30pm

A true Western NY classic- with more than 100 shows under their belt, this GSME-coordinated event is a must-go-to for any model railroader in the area. It's been on the up-and-up the past couple years, and soon may even stand to threaten RIT as the king of Rochester area shows! If you model in any one of the three main scales (N, HO, and O) there'll be something for you there.


Hemlock Train Show

7370 Water St, Hemlock NY 14466 (Hemlock Fairgrounds)

Saturday, September TBA : 10am to 4pm

Sunday, September TBA: 10am to 4pm

A modestly sized show in its 3rd year. Located 40 minutes south of Rochester, it's put on by the FCTT Hi-Railers. There's usually a small but tasteful selection of HO and O. Great for catching LA&L in the morning, then hopping over to the show. This will be their 4th annual show, and we're expecting the dates to be announced any day now.


Great Batavia Train Show (Fall)

1 College Rd, Batavia, NY 14020

Sunday, October 13th: 9:30am to 3:30pm

A true Western NY classic- with more than 100 shows under their belt, this GSME-coordinated event is a must-go-to for any model railroader in the area. It's been on the up-and-up the past couple years, and soon may even stand to threaten RIT as the king of Rochester area shows! If you model in any one of the three main scales (N, HO, and O) there'll be something for you there.


Syracuse Train Show

Empire Expo Center, Syracuse State Fairgrounds

Saturday, November 2nd: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, November 3rd: 10:00am to 4:00pm

A mainstay of the Western NY train show season. Syracuse offers a massive venue with an unusually high number of visiting layouts. You can expect to see everything from N through ride-on scales, with clubs coming from as far afield as Springfield Massachusetts. There's normally a good selection of vendors, but the show still has plenty of room to expand. 


GSME Open House

55 Main St, Batavia, NY 14020 (upstairs in the M&T Bank building)

Saturday, December 7th: 10am to 3pm

The Genesee Society of Model Engineers are the club behind the Batavia show, but that's not to say that don't have their own layouts! They have a fairly large O gauge setup, as well as a moderate HO display. It's in downtown Batavia, so parking can be tricky- if you can, I'd recommend carpooling.


RIT Train Show

Gordon Field House, Rochester Institute of Technology

Saturday, December 14th: 10am to 4pm

Sunday, December 15th: 10am to 4pm

The event on the Rochester train show calendar. It's been a bit smaller than normal the past couple of years for reasons I won't get into, but it's definitely still a must-go. You can expect to see around half a dozen club or individual layouts, along with a very respectable showing of vendors, ranging from N to G, to memorabilia, to artists.