When "TOMT7X" Dave started this discussion on Feb 09, 2012, I said to myself what a great idea! I gotta start doing that in the Buffalo area like the great job Scot L. did in the Rochester region. I had "bagged" one bridge way back in 2002 and a few way back on slides but nothing new until June 2012 when I got 3. I figured I had plenty of time until read about the bridge at MP-427.1, I knew time was running out!
SST wrote:Feb 3, 2016. I forgot to mention that the signal bridge between Pavement and Cemetery was still standing this afternoon. But I did see a couple of trucks near it. Get your pictures!
CSX is all over the Buffalo division pouring foundations, adding new infrastructure and erecting signals. All of the CSX signal crew guys I spoke with were very helpful and indicated that most of the old bridges will be removed by the end of May.
I used the 1998 Conrail Chicago Line Track Chart as a reference for mile posts and control points as I started west from the Genesee Co./Erie Co. line MP-419 for 17 miles to MP-436 at the west end of Frontier Yard. Some of the bridges are inaccessible to photograph without trespassing but I have indicated their status below.
MP-419.0 Eastbound & Westbound Automatic - 3592 Crittenden Road overpass, 14004. I got lucky and caught a westbound oil train with a high green.
MP-421.2 Eastbound & Westbound Automatic - 12405 Reinhardt Road, 14004. Inaccessible but still visible on satellite view.
MP-423.2 (WAS) CP-423 - 11346 Walden Ave, 14004. Removed and replaced with Safetran wayside signals in 2002 after a derailment.
MP-423.4 (EAS) CP-423 - 11241 Walden Ave, 14004. New signals at MP-423.2 can be seen down the track. I was granted access by farmer at his private crossing. Removed and replaced in November 2015.
MP-425.0 Eastbound & Westbound Automatic - 4437 Walden Ave, 14086. Removed and replaced February 2016.
MP-427.1 Eastbound & Westbound Automatic - 3979 Walden Ave, 14086. New signals going up.
MP-429.8 – 3317 Walden Ave, 14086. Looking East toward westbound bridge, CSX had a large crew. Second runner in the foreground is still used to service 84 Lumber.
MP-429.8 (WAS) CP-429 – 3317 Walden Ave, 14043. New relay hut and infrastructure.
MP-429.0 (EAS) CP-429 -3277 Walden Ave, 14043. Transit Road 6 track bridge. This is where the NYC had their Depew Station which lasted until the 70’s. Four railroads within 1/4 mile crossed US-78, Transit Road in this location. Going south on Transit from the 6 Track NYC bridge
is the 3 Track Lehigh Valley bridge,
then the 2 Track DL&W bridge
and finally the 3 Track Erie bridge.
In the 1900’s, Depew had more taverns per capita in the entire United States just to support the huge railroad community, Ha! 2015 street view available.
The NYC Depew Station was to the left where the brick building is now.
Looking south west, the Lehigh Valley’s Niagara Junction was just to the right of the concrete towers.
MP-431.0 (WAS) CP-431 - 3005 Walden Ave, 14043. The Conrail named “A” Industrial Runner was the NYC connector to the West Shore Line. 2011 street view available.
MP-431.0 “A” Industrial Runner which was the lead to the West Shore Line.
View from MP-431.2 bridge looking east from the Amtrak Station platform.
MP-431.2 (EAS) CP-431 – 53 Ellicott Road, Depew, 14043. 2011 street view available. MP-431.0 (WAS) in the background.
MP-431.2 looking west toward the Depew Amtrak Station. 2011 street view available.
MP-432.8 (WAS) - 40 Ellicott Road, Cheektowaga, 14227. This is near the Forks Firehall on Broadway. This is considered the east end of the NYC Frontier Yard. 2011 street view available.
MP-433.1 (EAS) CP-433 - 3227 Broadway, Cheektowaga, 14227. 2015 street view available.
MP-434.2 (WAS) CP-434 - 2641 Broadway, Cheektowaga, 14227. This is the last cantilever bridge in the Buffalo division. 2015 street view available.
MP-435.6 – 1903 Old Broadway, Buffalo, 14212. West end of Frontier Yard. Linde Air Products in the background. 2014 street view available.
MP-435.6 – 1903 Old Broadway, Buffalo, 14212. Looking west toward MP-436 with NYC Central Terminal in the background.
MP-436.0 Eastbound & Westbound Automatic - 4 Reiman Street, Buffalo, 14206. East end of NYC Stockyard. 2012 street view available.
MP-437 (WAS) CP-437 - 1200 William St, Buffalo, 14240 is behind Central Terminal. There is a new aluminum bridge where the “Belt Line” and "Track 3" - "Buffalo Terminal Sub" the old Compromise Branch come together.
Hopefully I will still have some time to backtrack and get some better shots in the afternoon of the eastbound bridges. I will also try to verify if the bridges I missed are still standing but with the progress that CSX is making I know their days are numbered.
Sincerely, Scott H.