Trolley tracks? Old Broadway, Buffalo

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Trolley tracks? Old Broadway, Buffalo

Postby SST » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:37 pm

Yesterday, I headed over to Old Broadway to catch some activity. I got lucky and had two crew changes within just a couple of minutes. One westbound and one eastbound. I normally park along the curb closest to the track so I can keep the signals behind me in view. I did the opposite this time. So, when I finished my pizza slice I walked to the dumpster, chucked the box and began walking along the curb to get a view of the signals. I don't recall ever getting out of my vehicle to walk around. This is why I've never seen any rails starting to show. I came upon a "pot hole" where the original bricks were laid. Then a tiny glint of sunlight. I walk closer and I see this:

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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby Noel Weaver » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:56 pm

SST wrote:Yesterday, I headed over to Old Broadway to catch some activity...


LOCATION please
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby sd80mac » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:15 am

Noel Weaver wrote:LOCATION please
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old broadway right next to Frontier yard at West end. Where several railfans park there to watch crews changing.
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby sd80mac » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:17 am

Never knew about that. Asphalt was still there where rail were. I could see line of cracked asphalt (like the area beyond the rail) and assume that was curb or something for end of pavement (laid stones - Is that cobblestone?).

Interesting to know that....
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby nydepot » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:15 pm

International Railway (interurban line) was on Broadway.
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby TrainDetainer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:11 pm

According to the 1935 map, it was the #4 line from downtown to Sloan.
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby CarterB » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:20 pm

1937 Map of Buffalo Street Railways shows the Broadway line at that location (Ogden to Gold St's and what was then Broadway)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... t_1935.jpg
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby Ken W2KB » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:59 pm

sd80mac wrote:Never knew about that. Asphalt was still there where rail were. I could see line of cracked asphalt (like the area beyond the rail) and assume that was curb or something for end of pavement (laid stones - Is that cobblestone?).

Interesting to know that....


Appears to be not cobblestone, but rather somewhat deteriorated Belgian Block which is quarried and chiseled into squared off blocks. Cobblestone are simply unprocessed stones and are typically rounded and mixed sized, rarely used once cobblestones became widely available in the 1800's.

Cobblestone photo: https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/09/05/15/02/cobble-stone-1646760_960_720.jpg
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Re: Trolley tracks? Old Broadway @ Frontier

Postby sd80mac » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:53 am

Ken W2KB wrote:Appears to be not cobblestone, but rather somewhat deteriorated Belgian Block which is quarried and chiseled into squared off blocks. Cobblestone are simply unprocessed stones and are typically rounded and mixed sized, rarely used once cobblestones became widely available in the 1800's.


Thanks. that what I thought.
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