ctclark1 wrote:There are three drawbridges crossing Buffalo Creek, they're typically referred to by the original railroads -- Moving from Lake Erie inland, you have the New York Central (NYC) bridge (now a single track, "Main Track 3", sometimes referred to from the Conrail days as the "Compromise Branch"), the Nickel Plate RR (NKP) bridge (the currently unused bridge), and the Buffalo Creek RR (BCK) bridge (CSX Main Tracks 1 & 2, aka CP-DRAW).
Thanks. now I know the name for that 3rd one. No one mentioned to me that before.
By "they" I assume you mean CSX? Yes, they could deal with a bottleneck over the NYC bridge (being all single tracked between CP2 and CP437), and unfortunately that leaves primarily NS and B&P high and dry (since we're not sure if BS and SB use DRAW). If there was a connection built between the old B&O line and the Gardenville line (which is actually CR's Buffalo Line reroute) B&P would be free and clear to get to the Buffalo Line proper at GJ, and NS would have some major problems getting between the Southern Tier line and the Lake Erie District (see the other Gardenville/LV thread going on about weight and curvature restrictions on the Ebenezer RT) but in a pinch could make some reverse moves to switch from B&P's Buffalo Creek yard to their own (Tift Yard) with restricted speeds and lowered weight loads.
NS have 2 options. They always can use WNYPA line and cut off blocks for Bison Yard and pick up the blocks in Hornell. Other option is using trackage rights on CSX. They can get on CSX at last connection before entering buffalo and go around buffalo downtown to CP SK..
B&P... They stay on Buffalo line all the way into Buffalo, either enter into CP SK and move locos to rear of train. Then they can travel around the Buffalo downtown to go on CSX and reach NS' line at that mentioned connection. And they can do reverse move or have other locomotives waiting at switch to hook onto rear-end of train to do reverse move to BP yard by using NS-BP connection at Tift st.
There's possibility of get around but probably wont happen...