As I ride my bike headed back to my car, I’m making my way up Fillmore Ave, I’m in Tonawanda. I am standing at the Niagara Falls branch overpass with the Erie RR/bike path just the other side. As I have done since ~1993 I always give the caution signal(search light) for the Erie a nod as I pass by it. Always conniving how to retrieve it before it disappears.
I suddenly realize that it’s gone. It had been damaged years ago. I think it may have been a failed attempt to acquire it(it wasn’t me I swear). The search light was hanging by its own cables. One more piece is gone.
I assume either someone acquired it or perhaps it was knocked down due to the Xmas blizzard.
This picture is the concrete pedestal and it looks like everything was corroded and it snapped.
But as I looked around I see the pole the search light was hanging from was left behind.
I sure hope a RR fan has it and will restore it to some degree. I would assume that that light has been there since 1927-ish when NYC moved the ROW.
Throughout the ex-Columbus McKinnon plant there are these little rails. Some of them had time stamps on them dated back to mid 1920’s. One said USA and an other said Carnegie.
I always thought they should relight that signal as a caution for the bike path crossing. Keep it authentic. Oh well, gonna miss that light.
Last edited by nomis on Mon Feb 27, 2023 6:24 pm, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Updated title for search-ability