I live about a block north of the Peanut Line ROW in East Amherst. Living so close and interested in RRs, am also interested in history of the Peanut Line. Walk the dog often along the ROW from Youngs Road to Transit Road. Only noticeable feature is the small arch bridge over Gott Creek between Paradise Road and Transit Rd.
In searching the 'net, found this article a while back.
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education of railroad history in Western New York State, the Province of
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On Sunday, July 21, 1946, the Buffalo Chapter sponsored a special
excursion aboard the New York Central's "Peanut Line". A special
excursion train traveled from Buffalo's Central Terminal to North
Tonawanda NY and then along the "Peanut Line" to Caledonia NY. Follows
is a recreation of an article which appeared in the Buffalo Courier
Express July 28, 1946
By Railroad Fans
Buffalo railroad fans have realized a life long ambition. They have
eaten peanuts on The Peanut. It happened last Sunday when an "Iron Horse
Gallop" was made over this historic one-track branch of the New York
Central between North Tonawanda and Caledonia.
Russell H. Shapely, 178 Box Ave., president of the local chapter of
the National Railway Historical Society, which sponsored the excursion,
saw to it that there was plenty of peanuts aboard the train to
commemorate the occasion. They were served unshelled in paper bags and
in the form of peanut butter sandwiches.
It was the second such trip of the fans in the postwar period, the
first having been made last month over the New York, Ontario & Western
Railroad between Oneida and Sidney. Next on the agenda are tours over
the Niagara, St. Catherines & Toronto and the Arcade and Attica,
scheduled for early in September.
*Got Name in 1855 *
An excursion over a little known or used line is considered a red
letter day by the railroad fans and the Peanut Branch of the New York
Central proved ideal. Originally known as the Canandaigua-Niagara
Falls Railroad the name Peanut has stuck since 1855 when the Central
took it over and the late Dean Richmond of Batavia, then operating
vice-president, reportedly referred to the acquisition as "only a
peanut of a line.:"
Though stll an important rail link, serving among other big
customers as National Gypsum Co., in Clarence Center,The Peanut has
seen its heyday as a railroad. No scheduled passenger trains have run on
it in more than a decade. One freight makes a round trip daily on week
days. On Sundays The Peanut is a "dead duck," or was until last week
Looking from a window as the special nosed out of North Tonawanda
at the beginning of the run, one of he fans saw an elderly man
apparently sunning himself in the backyard. He was sitting in an
arm chair, a pipe in his mouth, his eyes closed. Aroused by the
train he awakened with a start and when he saw it was not only a train,
but a passenger train as well,a look of surprise spread over his face
and his pipe fell to the ground.
*Even Cows Surprised*
Further on, the train surprised a housewife at her Sunday morning
toilet. She had rushed to the doorway to see what was happening and it
was apparently not until the last coach had passed and she saw herself
in the cynosure of several pairs of male eyes on the observation
platform that she realized she was standing there in her scanties.
Elsewhere along the line, cows came up to the fence to see the
excitement. On the return trip, some fishermen on a small lake near
Akron Junction nearly capsized their boat when one of their number
stood up to point to the train.
Usually on their "Iron Horse Gallops," the railroad fans are all over
the train, in the cabin of the locomotive, hanging out of the
windows,etc. The older the coaches, the bumpier the roadbed and the
more smoke they inhale, the better they like it. In this respect their
style was somewhat cramped last Sunday as the Central gave them some of
its air-conditioned coaches and you don't open the windows on them.
*Ticket Dated 1853*
At LeRoy, Earl E. Bloss, a carpenter of that village as well as a
railroad fan, boarded the special and presented to President Shapley an
unused excursion ticket on the Canandaigua-Niagara Falls Railroad from
LeRoy to the Falls,dated August 24, 1853.
Among railroad fans who made last Sunday's "Iron Horse Gallop" were
Edward G. Hooper of Baltimore Md., assistant secretary of the Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad and president of the national society; L. Newton Wylder
of Lima, Peru, who happenned to be in Buffalo on business at the time,
and Rogers E. M. Whitaker of the magazine New Yorker's staff, who came
from New York City to make the trip.
Whitaker has travlled an estimated 500.000 in railroad fan trips,
375,000 miles since in 1936 when he started to keep a tab on mileage. It
is not unusual for him to hop a plane to some distant part of the
country just for the privilege of riding a few miles on some antiquated
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