Genesee Society of Model Engineers

The GSME has adopted New York Central and Hudson River Railroad engine #999 as the focal point of our club logo. There are strong connections between the story of this famous locomotive and the City of Batavia where our club was founded.

In preparation for the World’s Fair of 1893, the 999 was modified by the NYC&HRR to make a run at the world speed record. On May 10th, 1893 the engine, pulling the Empire State Express, reached a speed of 112.5 MPH just west of Batavia, NY. Engineer Charley Hogan of Le Roy, NY was at the throttle when the 999 became the fastest man-made object on earth!

News of the event reached around the world and the locomotive became a major attraction at the World’s Fair and many other promotional events. The U.S. Postal service honored the 999 by featuring it on a 2₵ stamp issued in 1901.

The locomotive is now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The GSME is proud to feature an image of this historic engine as part of our connection to railroading and the local community.