Housed at the Schenectady Museum, the visitor center features exhibits that emphasize the history of Schenectady and its importance to the electrical and railway industries. The Center also makes available a recorded tour of the Stockade, a dramatic guide to which you can listen to as you walk the quaint streets and examine the architecture of this early settlement. Transportation is a major theme of Schenectady’s Heritage
Area, for the world’s first steam passenger train and America’s first intercity rail route linked Schenectady and nearby Albany in 1831. A more modern train, the RS-3 diesel locomotive, built in 1953 at ALCO (American Locomotive Company), is also on display at the Visitor Center. The ALCO RS-3 was one of the first highly successful general purpose locomotives.