From: "Lynne" LKRanieri AT comcast DOT net
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 09:06:10 -0500
Subject: The Buffalo Flyer
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As I continue to organize the files at our small historical society museum, I find more items that bring more questions. One of those items is this ca. 1906 newspaper article with a distressingly graphic description of a fatal accident on the tracks. I was interested in the following reference: "The train which struck the woman arrived at Millburn just ahead of the Buffalo flyer ..." and "The train was then backed on a siding and the crew removed the body from the rails to let the Buffalo express pass."
If I may badger you all with more questions about this, I was interested in knowing more about the 'Buffalo flyer':
-- Was the Buffalo Flyer a train owned by the Lackawanna Railroad? If not, who owned it?
-- Was there more than one train called the Buffalo Flyer?
-- What was its place of origin and what was its destination?
-- Did it have a regular/daily route through Millburn?
-- What were the years of operation?
I Googled "Buffalo Flyer" and found conflicting information about the dates of operation:
1) "Later, the Maple Lake Hotel became popular among American tourists who wanted to experience adventure in the "Canadian Wilderness." It became the destination of choice for a group of colourful and wealthy Americans who every year endured the long and monotonous journey aboard a chartered train called the "Buffalo Flyer." Such was their loyalty to the resort that, even when the Flyer was discontinued in 1905, they continued to make the trip by touring car, an expedition that would take the better part of three days."
2) "(This obit) was printed in The Patriot, Harrisburg, Penna., Tuesday, December 19, 1922:
INSTANTLY KILLED WHEN HIT BY TRAIN
William Neis, 70, Struck by Buffalo Flyer as He Walks to Work at Steel Company William Neis, 70, of 327 South Sixteenth street, was instantly killed at 5:35 o'clock yesterday morning when struck by the Buffalo Flyer at the Ninth street crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad in South Harrisburg."
Obviously the first reference notes that the Buffalo Flyer ceased operation in 1905. The newspaper clipping I attached could be from about that time, but the second reference is to a 1922 train accident with the Buffalo Flyer.