Regional Documentary has National Appeal

In our research for The End of the Line, we viewed many excellent documentaries on the history of electric rail transit. Almost all of these videos provided a broad overview of the rise and fall of trolleys in America and the rest of the world. Some, like ours, concentrated on the history of trolleys in one particular location. We feel that The End of the Line – Rochester’s Subway tells a unique side to this story.

In addition to being the smallest city in America to build a subway, Rochester, NY also served as a stage for what many mid-sized American cities dreamed of being – bigger. When Rochester planned its subway in a former bed of the Erie Canal cars were new and so was the Twentieth Century. Judging from its progress over the Nineteenth Century, it was not unreasonable for Rochester to assume a growth from three hundred and fifty thousand to over two million. That judgment was made at a time when New York State cities could still annex adjacent towns, which usually welcomed the public water, sewers and transportation that came with the deal.

Our documentary details not only the familiar curve of electric transit history in America, but also what these machines signified for American cities seeking their future. Rochester, NY, though its own unique history, serves as a coincidental backdrop for Anytown, USA.

We are very proud that our production tells not only the story of our own town, but through it, the story of countless other places across America that dreamed big and still carry on. The End of the Line – Rochester’s Subway is a story of who we are, where we live and how we get there.

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  • “The End of the Line” DVD Press kit PDF format
  • High resolution DVD cover image for print (zipped TIF)
  • High res images for print (18 mb zipped file)
  • Special Edition DVD Premiere Screening November 22nd
  • Animatus announces release of Rochester subway doc on DVD

  • If you’d like to run a story about The End of the Line, contact Fred Armstrong.

    PHONE: (585) 232-1740
    FAX: (585) 232-3949
    EMAIL: fred AT animatusstudio DOT com


  • “The End of the Line” Begins Anew (video) Liz Medhin, R News

    “The End of the Line” Begins Anew from Animatus Studio on Vimeo.

  • DVD Review by Mike Roqué
  • A summary of print coverage for the 2005 DVD release (PDF format)
  • A summary of print coverage, 2006 (PDF format)
  • New York Archives article: The End of the Line by James P. Harte

  • Press for the VHS release:

  • Rochester’s other underground railroad
    Jack Garner, Gannett Newspapers
  • Video Review: The End of the Line, Rochester’s Subway
    John McCarthy, Trolley Talk
  • Video looks back at our subway
    Pat Costa, Golden Times
  • A line of Rochester’s history runs beneath our feet
    Jonathan Sherwood, The Rochester Free Press