Trackside bars in NY state?

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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby alsorailfan » Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:38 pm

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Charlotte Station itself was in the process of being converted into a restaurant last I heard... but you could get pretty bored waiting for a train to go by...

That hasn't happened yet but Schooner's is across the street from the tracks in Charlotte.

You'll still be waiting a looooong time for a train to show up!

Not necessarily, Otto. The spur into the paper company on Boxart street is trailing... which is fine when the local comes up the line to drop off a string of boxcars. Would CSX then perform a long shove back to Kodak Park? Nope. I live in Irondequoit and I still hear horns from northern Charlotte, so I can only assume that CSX uses the siding up there to run the engines around the train for the return trip. Therefore, it is possible to see a train at Schooner's... if one knows which day(s) the local will run up to the northern end of the Charlotte Runner.



Not quite so fast Matthew..... A couple of years back, I stumbled upon and chased the Charlotte runner and they used the hack for the trip back. See:
http://picasaweb.google.com/alsorailfan ... tteRunner# Especially the last few pictures.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby Itchman » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:52 pm

Grand Central Bar & Restruant, old Erie Lackwanna Station, Owego, New York
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby Missyg24 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:42 pm

Manzari's Bar & Resturant on East Miller St in Elmira Ny. It also has an ex NH..CR.. now painted PRR cabbose. But not much action in Elmira. :(
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby Matt Langworthy » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:16 pm

Missyg24 wrote:Manzari's Bar & Resturant on East Miller St in Elmira Ny. It also has an ex NH..CR.. now painted PRR cabbose. But not much action in Elmira. :(


True, activity on the line is lower now than when I lived in Elmira during the final years of EL (1969-'76) but at least there are still roughly 10-20 trains per day passing through the city. Considering what happened to alot of the Penn Central and Lehigh Valley tracks in the area, the Southern Tier Mainline fared much better. ;)

I never knew about Manzari's. I guess I'll have to check it out when I head to Elmira for Easter...
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby expensivelawnmower » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:38 pm

I don't remember if I could get a beer with my stromboli but The Original Italian Grill in Sayre is a former depot. Outstanding food.
Also in Palmyra on Rt. 21 is a pub (Canal View I think it was called) just north of the tracks. Might be just out of view though.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby colorado » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:39 am

Not so much a bar but they probably served liquor.....The lakeview Smorgasboard (There's an old term, everything is a buffet these days). We went there in the early sixties as family, my Grandfather would take me outside after dinner to watch trains while he had a cigar. I was only 2 or 3 so I have very little memory but NYC was 4 tracks and busy, PRR and NKP still had double track on the other side of the restraunt. I left WNY long ago, I hear the lakeview is long gone too. The WNYRHS guys would go to a bar next to the Gowanda NY&LE station years ago when their collection was in Gowanda. No idea if the place exists any more. West End Hotel in Hamburg....anotehr place near the tracks and another place WNYRHS guys would go have a few pops after a work session. Will never forget the day former Mayor Jimmy Griffin showed up there already loaded for a few drinks, it was the same day he got kicked off Brian KAyle's show live on TV.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby expensivelawnmower » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:59 am

If you're after FGLK action, McGhan's 'nearly famouse pub' in Victor, NY would be a fine location.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby Matt Langworthy » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:14 am

expensivelawnmower wrote:If you're after FGLK action, McGhan's 'nearly famouse pub' in Victor, NY would be a fine location.


McGhan's is close but it has a couple of limitations- there are no windows in the bar that face the tracks and the view from the parking lot is limited.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby expensivelawnmower » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:31 pm

The Yankee Clipper on Rt. 96 between Clifton Springs and Phelps.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby expensivelawnmower » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:48 pm

Arsenal St. Watertown: Crazy Legs Saloon and Clueless are opposite each other.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby lakeshoredave » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:41 pm

Shoutout to Wanakah Grille off Pleasant Ave in Hamburg next to CSX and NS.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby DECA » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:33 pm

The West End Hotel ( now West End Inn) in Hamburg NY by the Buffalo Southern R X R is still going with good Wings and cold beer. The Wanakah Grill on Pleasant Ave in Lake View by the CSX & NS is closed and For Sale.
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Pomodoro in Rochester

Postby rls62 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:46 am

I know Pomodoro was mentioned earlier on this topic but we dined there after work last night. It was still light outside. The bar is in close view of the CSX mainline (just east of the Goodman St. yard) and while we enjoyed a drink with another couple at the bar, a fast westbound freight flew by. Loved it! During dinner at least two more freights went by. Of course, I chose to sit so that I was facing the tracks! The food is very good. Pomodoro has a website if you want more info.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby CNJ » Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:52 pm

Russo's in Amsterdam, NY

Great food...cold beer and LOTS of rail activity.
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Re: Trackside bars in NY state?

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:21 pm

Amsterdam has become my favorite railfan hangout recently (though I am usually on the bridge/overpass or at the riverside park) but I will check this bar out when I am there again. That way, I can "refuel" without missing anything!
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