CSX's Frontier Yard (Ex NYC)
NS's Bison Yard (Ex DL&W)
NS/CP's SK Yard (Ex Erie)
Buffalo Central Terminal
NFTA Bus Shops and Yard
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 716
Access by train/transit:
Amtrak in Depew ~ 3.5mi to the east
Amtrak Downtown ~ 4.2mi to the west
Amtrak, CSX, NS, and CP all have a presence on the east side of Buffalo.
Amtrak has two stations in the Buffalo area, three if you include Niagara
Falls - one in Depew and one in downtown Buffalo. Amtrak shares the
road with CSX.
CSX rides on the former New York Central
mainline to New York City, most of which used to be a four track line.
At one time, the Erie, Lehigh Valley, and the Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western all had parallel tracks with the NYC heading east.
NS and CP uses the old Erie tracks to get to Binghamton NY via Hornell,
Corning, and Elmira on what is known as the Southern Tier Line. The LV
which was the southern most of the four, crossed the Erie and DL&W to run
parallel to the NYC..... this line is all gone, and the DL&W tracks only go
a few miles east of Depew before coming to an end.
The old New York Central Depot, Buffalo Terminal, is on the left side of the map.
Down towards the bottom of the map, you have one of
NFTA's bus yards. It is next to what remains of SK yard.
Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....
The great majority of signals around here are ex New
York Central searchlight signals. Most are on signal bridges that span
all of the tracks, sometimes as many as 5 tracks - the last one being off
the right side of the map adjacent to Union Ave. CSX plans on
replacing the searchlights with colorlight signal over the summer of 2016.
Across from Lemoine Ave on Broadway WAS a great old cantilever with two sets of WB signals on it.
This was the New York Central's main yard in the Buffalo area.
Nestled in the middle of the yard on the east end is the Hump Tower.
At the other end of the yard......
NFTA's Bus Yard
Norfolk Southern's Bison Yard
NS and CP's SK Yard
Buffalo Central Terminal
This station was in use between June 22nd, 1929 through
1979. It was built by the New York Central starting in 1927. It
is in pretty bad condition, and ownership has been taken over by the Central
Terminal Restoration Company. The station opened just prior to
the start of the Great Depression.
Come 1968 and the formation of the Penn Central, they
operated the station until Amtrak started in 1971. Penn Central and
then Conrail maintained offices in the building until 1980.
The last train to leave the station was on October
28th, 1979, when Amtrak opened the current Depew station.
The station also served the
Pennsylvania RR, the Canadian National
Rwy, and the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo.
Once upon a time there was an active, magnificent train station called Buffalo Central Terminal
which served tens of thousands of people per day and more than 200 daily trains at its peak.
It housed hundreds of employees for the New York Central Railroad Co., one of America's largest
companies, in a landmark 17-story tower above the terminal, as well as in adjoining buildings.
But there was a problem -- several, actually. The station was built where the railroad
needed it, not where the public wanted it. It was built at the junction of railroad
lines that allowed easy access for trains. But it was two miles east of downtown Buffalo
in a working-class Polish neighborhood. And since local mobsters controlled taxi cab companies,
they kept a proposed streetcar line from being built into the station making it less
accessible. And, worst of all, the station opened on June 22, 1929, four months before
the stock market crash and the start of the Great Depression. The massive, ornate
and very expensive Buffalo Central Terminal would never reach its full potential.
Just 30 years later, as governments built airports and highway and rail passenger traffic
went into a severe decline, New York Central began closing sections of the terminal to
save money. NYC merged with its rival Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968.
Amtrak took over passenger operations in
1971 and relocated its eight daily trains to/from Buffalo in 1979 to the old
but cozy Exchange Street station downtown and the new and suburban station
in Depew. By the early 1980s, there was nothing left at Buffalo Central
Terminal but vagrants, vandals and memories.... Read more: here
Very early on, because of the number of trains navigating
through Buffalo, it was decided to do a grade separation between train traffic from vehicular
traffic, and in some instances such as the DL&W, trains from trains. Although most of the bridges are nothing more than overpasses
and therefore not very significant, there are plenty to enhance photo
opportunities (as long as trees don't get in the way :-), and a lot to
CSX/ex Erie going over Box Ave and French Street.
CSX/ex Erie going over Urban & Fougeron Streets.
CSX/ex Erie going over Genesee St.
CSX/ex Erie going over Walden Ave.
CSX/ex Erie going over Sycamore St.
CSX/ex Erie going over Broadway St.
Bailey Ave going over the southwest leg of Frontier yard.
Might be good for pictures, but there is no real close by parking.
Bailey Ave going over the west end of
Frontier yard and Shore Ave.
Tracks crossing over Walden Avenue.
Tracks crossing over Gennesse and Doat Streets.
Western end of the CSX yard crossing over Broadway.
Harlem Rd over the CSX/ex NYC mainline. Good spot for pictures.
CSX and Broadway over the I-90 Thruway.
The tracks going over Clinton St.
You can clearly see how at one time, this yard was much bigger, and had many more tracks crossing Clinton St
NS/CP tracks going over Bailey Avenue
The tracks going over William St.
Harlem Rd going over the railroad yard.
The New York State Thruway going over the railroad yard.
Equipment cabinet adjacent to the cantilever signal bridge
Old NYC telephone box
This was in 2006, I wonder what he would put on there today???
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