JoeS wrote:On the west end, the Peanut Line terminated at the interlocking "Erie 3" which is on the old NYC Niagara Falls branch just south of the Tonawanda Creek/Barge Canal drawbridge.
There is a short remnant of trackage remaining between the interlocking and Wales Ave. in Tonawanda, however I think the Wales grade crossing is paved over.
This track was also used by the LV for trains on their Niagara Falls branch; traveling east from Wales Ave. the LV branched off the Peanut to the right at Tonawanda Jct. There is an unnamed road from Creekside Dr. to a water treatment plant, that passes right over the location where Tonawanda Jct. once stood.
From this point the Peanut ran east along the north edge of Ellicott Creek Park, crossed Niagara Falls Blvd. (south edge of St. Christopher parking lot) and was pretty much a straight track to near Akron Jct. where it crossed the West Shore.
While driving around checking out the high water I ended up in Tonawanda following Ellicott Creek which brought me to Tonawanda JCT. As stated in other posts, I haven't checked this area out since 1994. At that time, the Peanut was heavily overgrown with brush. Can't even see it. The LVRR was walkable. The Peanut was paved over for access to the treatment plant. None of the treatment plant interferes with either ROW from Ellicott Creek Rd to Ellicott Creek Dr. accept for the treatment plant access rd.
When I pulled off onto the access rd yesterday, it was clear that nothing has changed in 20 years. I also think that rails may exist underneath the road. It has the look.
This picture is looking east from the access road. The Peanut is under heavy brush and you can't really see it. The LVRR line bends off to the right. It appears the same as 20 years ago. I didn't walk down it with all the heavy rain. Another time.
This picture was taken from Ellicott Creek Park looking SW. This is the LVRR crossing of Ellicott Creek. There was a path from the park towards the ROW but it was underwater due to heavy rain.
This picture is from inside the park as well. It is up against the ROW. I was surprised that I could see the ROW. But when the leaves grow, you won't see anything of either ROW. This is one of a few remaining LVRR telegraph poles still standing with wire attached.
This last picture is just outside the fence on the north side of the park. I am sitting on the Peanut ROW looking west. If you didn't know this was a RR, you'd never now it was here. It is very thick with overgrowth. This section is far worse than out in Clarence before the new trail.
This are is worth re-exploring after it dries up a bit and before the leaves grow.