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Posted by: rangerrick Posted on: Mar 25th, 2018, 4:43am
Can anyone give me any information on the old Erie line that ran from Buffalo NY to Niagara Falls thru the Town of Tonawanda?
 
Thank You Rick Bevan
Posted by: slotracer Posted on: Mar 26th, 2018, 11:14am
What kind of information are you after ?
Posted by: rangerrick Posted on: Mar 26th, 2018, 12:58pm
Just wanted to know the general info on it. It ran behind my G'parent's house in Kenmore. I remember the STEAMERS.
 
I can't seem to find ANYthin on it. ANY info would be helpful.
Thanks
RB
Posted by: slotracer Posted on: Mar 27th, 2018, 2:29pm
I grew up not far from the Colvin Ave crossing in the sixties and seventies. EL ran 4 unit sets of F units on it frequently, sometimes GP7 or 35 of U25b and maybe a switcher mixed in. Day falls went north roughly 11 am, 9-100 cars in it, lots of 2 bay G&W covered hoppers loaded with salt for Nia Falls Chem industry. Day falls returved about 5 or 6 pm. There was also a morning C&O freight and the evening SB return came back later at night. In the early sixties the EL international branch to black rock was removed so the falls branch had a connector built to junction with the old DL&W Black rock Branch. There was a grade difference so the Falls branch had a good grade for a short distance around the main st bridge in North Buffalo, connection was up behind Bennett High School.
 
There used to be an interurban that paralleled it...the "High Speed Line" that was torn out in the twenties or thirties. Traffic really died off on the line not long after the Conrail merger. Not sure when it totally stopped but probably well before 1980. A lot of it has been torn up over the years, the bridge over the Barge canal was taken out some time ago. Tracks were torn up and a trail was put in for much of the route from main street to at least Sheridan Drive some years ago. NFTA had owned or leased the line for years from Main Street to N Tonawanda for proposed extension of the light rail that never happened.
Posted by: rangerrick Posted on: Apr 12th, 2018, 12:39am
I have been looking for JUST that info for a while now.
 
My G'pasrents' house was right behind the line on tiny Klauder Rd. between Kenmore Av and Englewood.
 
When I was a kid I still can remember being mezmerized by Steam Engines. Wow!
Then the Steam gave way to diesel, and the Erie would run Baldwin As 16's on the falls job. C&O also had rights over therre and I can Imagine if Black Rock got plugged they'd re route as I believ most of this traffic was from Detroit. They sued to come thru pretty regular.
I moved to Akron OH from Tonawanda in 1964, and only when I visited the G'parents, I could get some train action. I actually, when I was in my early 20's fresh out of the Navy, but if one was comin' I'd go to the back yard and watch.I moved to Colorado about a year later and said Good Bye to the Falls line.  Later, about 4 years after I moved out here, I was back for one reason or the other, and all there was was a vestige of track and weeds all around. The trestle that we, as kids used to play on at International Jct was GONE! ALL the rail was GONE. Ripped out both Black Rock lines, viaducts and any evidence that ever a rr existed there.  
All that "adventure" drove me to hire out at  Union Pacific, and give 'em 31 years of my LIFE to being a Conductor in the beginning, to later an carded Engineer for my remaining years of my career.  
Anyway, that's wherre it all started!
I am building well, working on getting to it, a model RR. I wanna umake it with Baldwins and C&O GPs. I have one Baldwin in Western Maryland livery, and I'm lookin for a second then there's the decals....
Please excuse my ramblings. The Falls Line was very much a part of who I am today. (Who ever THAT is)
All the Best,
Rick Bevan