• Dansville Hill Grade

  • Discussion relating to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, the Erie, and the resulting 1960 merger creating the Erie Lackawanna. Visit the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society at http://www.erielackhs.org/.
Discussion relating to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, the Erie, and the resulting 1960 merger creating the Erie Lackawanna. Visit the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society at http://www.erielackhs.org/.

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  by Fireman43
 
In regards to the grade of the DL&W at Dansville, I can't find the thread I read last night when the comments were referencing the need for pushers north bound (west) for freights loaded with coal , but returning no need with empty gons.

Unsure if on this forum or NYS, but my couple questions are:

I presumed the grade was going DOWN from Wayland to Dansville. ( NB) ???????

Did the Erie take over this segment from the DL? If so. did the Erie haul coal or had that diminished by the time of take over?

And lastly, I know the coal on other lines went to be loaded on lake freighters - Charlotte, Sodus Bay and Fairhaven ,but where was the coal on the DL destined?
Mark
  by Fireman43
 
My comment on the grade from Dansville to Wayland is only by my visual from the 390. Suppose. I should look at a topomap.

Mark
  by s4ny
 
Groveland to Wayland was eastbound and used pushers. I do not recall seeing pushers in the diesel era, but do recall seeing as many as 7 locomotives on eastbound freights in Wayland.

There were 2 wyes between Perkinsville an Wayland. One for the DL&W and the other for the Shawmut.

When Erie and DL&W merged in 1960 the new company continued to operate on the Groveland - Wayland segment, but quickly single tracked the line and then abandoned the segment entirely.
  by TrainDetainer
 
Fireman43 wrote: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:51 pm And lastly, I know the coal on other lines went to be loaded on lake freighters - Charlotte, Sodus Bay and Fairhaven ,but where was the coal on the DL destined?
Mark
DLW coal went to the canal area at Buffalo between Main St and Erie St for transfer to lake freighters or local sale. The whole area where the Marine Apartments and the Naval park are was all coal yard. Where the navy ships are now was for coal ships.