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From: "Ronald" rdukarm AT roadrunner DOT com
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 17:40:58 -0400
Subject: Re: (erielack) One more Buffalo Question.
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> Bob,
> I believe the Republic plant was directly connected to the South Buffalo
> Railway- I will defer to Ron or Henry, who certainly know more. I also
> believe that most of the plant's raw material was brought in by boat,
> through the loading area on the river. Republic did have a fabricated
> products business north of Park Av. That may have been connected to the
> DL&W.
> Michael Mang

Mike and Bob,

Attached is a blow up of the Buffalo map (check TRAINS for color codes). The
South Buffalo Railway served the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna and its
stock was owned by Bethlehem Steel. I believe it did physically connect with
Republic Steel. As far as I know, it did not enter the property. Republic
had some switcher engines which they used. I don't know if the DL&W entered
the property for any reason.

The DL&W ran thru, over and next to the Republic property, and of course had
a large Abbott Road yard next to the plant. I assume most rail supply and
shipping went over the DL&W. They did receive ore, lime stone and coal
shipments via lake freighter via the Buffalo River. The river was enlarged,
dredged and straightened in 1913 and the DL&W, NKP, NYC and BCK were forced
to put in lift bridges. The PRR removed their bridge and used BCK.

I never ran into much info on Republic. Henry probably knows more.

Ron Dukarm


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