From: "J DOT Henry Priebe Jr DOT " root AT bluemoon DOT net
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:19:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: (erielack) New DL&W Buffalo Freight Station
"DLW_ReimanStFreightTerminalAerial_04-29-2005.jpg" - image/jpeg, 616x1098 (24bit)
Here's a 2005 aerial view of the freight terminal area.
On Tue, 23 Nov 2010, J. Henry Priebe Jr. wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 Ronald stated:
> > List,
> > Every so often I wonder if we have discovered everything there is to know
> > about the EL. Today as I was going thru my news clippings I ran across these
> > articles from April 13, 1957 about a new freight station in Buffalo. This is
> > all new to me. This facility holds a 120 cars on 9 tracks, has two 610-foot
> > platforms and composes nearly 100,000 sq ft. Don't know how I never ran into
> > it before.
> > Does anyone know anything about this? How long it lasted under EL? (see
> > attached) Any photos?
> I don't know how long it lasted, but Conrail used it as a maintenance
> materials depot and I believe it still had rail access up until at least the
> late 1980s as it is shown as the "Reiman St. M/W Yard" on their November 1987
> map from the "Office of Chief Engineer, Design and Construction." It shows
> six tracks connected to the remaining eastern stub of the Black Rock Branch.
> A March 27, 1995 aerial photo shows the track to the branch gone, but there
> is a pretty well defined outline of the fan to the terminal tracks so my guess
> would be that they were removed in the early 1990s.
> I tramped around the area in the later 1990s and all the tracks were long gone
> by then. The yard lead off of the Black Rock Branch was on a quite severe
> grade to descend from the elevated branch down to the terminal at street
> level. In my mind's eye I'm thinking it was about 4% or so.
> Looking at Google Earth Street View, it appears that CSX still uses it as
> their vehicles are visible in the front parking lot and there is a big CSX
> logo on the corner of a building. The aerial view shows about 2/3 of the
> platform sheds remain and you can see the outlines of where five tracks
> crossed concrete between the south end of the two platforms, where there was
> once a roof between the platforms.
> The facility was approximately 1/2 mile northeast of DL&W's East Buffalo
> Yard/Bison yard.
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