• Peanut Line at WSRR JCT-ROW undisturbed

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by SST
 
I've been riding my bike on the WSRR path for many years. Also make a short run on the Peanut. The other day, I guess the sun was in the right place and with no brush growing leaves my mind says, "What that?!" So I stopped and explored this little tiny patch. At first I thought it was just a deer/animal path. But soon I found undisturbed railroad ties perfectly lined up where they should be. Extremely rotted but there.

I thought maybe they cut a new section for the bike path and this patch was the actual mainline but it doesn't line up correctly. I believe this is a connector from the WS to the Peanut. Hopefully my Painted images will post here.

I tried to find the JCT on Erie.Gov but for the life of me I couldn't find it. So I used Acme Mapper. Now that I know what is there, it shows up on the SAT view. Clear as day. Markers A to B is where its at.
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This is the opposite view facing ESE. Connector on the left and Peanut straight ahead crossing the WSRR.
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This "Painted" picture is facing west. The Peanut line is just after "A" and the WSRR is to the left out of view. Follow the red line and you can see the ties.
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  by nydepot
 
Here is the topo:
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  by BR&P
 
Penn Central ETT #7, effective May 19, 1974, shows Akron Jct as MP 406.6 on the West Shore, connects to Transit Road Running Track (Peanut)

Just imagine if digital photography had been around sooner. Sure would be neat to see some sort of switching move there, or a train going from one to the other.
  by RailKevin
 
Using the same Historic Aerials website, it looks like the connection first appears on the 1950 topo. Would both lines have been taken over by the NYCRR by then? In other words, the connection may not have been an interchange between the two original railroads. The connection could allow partial access to one of the abandoned lines.
  by nydepot
 
I wouldn't take that 1950 as any proof of anything. I've seen lines on early maps disappear by 1930 and then re-appear in the 1950s.

The WS was picked up by the NYC soon after being built.