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Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby nydepot » Fri May 15, 2009 12:08 pm

Anyone know where Morrison Railway Supply Corp was in the greater Buffalo area? I think they were there in the late 50s. They may have used the reporting mark of "MRCX" which was eliminated in 1980. They may have been a railcar repair shop.

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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby BR&P » Fri May 15, 2009 8:55 pm

Charles, that name rings a bell but can't recall exactly. I *think* they may have been in the old PRR roundhouse complex before Ebenezer Railcar took it over. Ebenezer started in 1981 and the facility was probably phased out shortly after PC was created in 1968. That's not the late 50's as you speculated but does give Morrison perhaps 10 years or so at that location. Or maybe I'm all wrong.
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby nydepot » Sat May 16, 2009 6:14 am

You are correct Don.

From a friend with some firsthand knowledge:

"The Morrison Rwy. Supply was in the Ebenezer engine house facility. They went in there either late '68 or early '69. I know for a short time even though they had moved all the engine house personnel to Frontier, we still got our power at Ebenezer, as the engines were brought to us with engine change crews."


BR&P wrote:Charles, that name rings a bell but can't recall exactly. I *think* they may have been in the old PRR roundhouse complex before Ebenezer Railcar took it over. Ebenezer started in 1981 and the facility was probably phased out shortly after PC was created in 1968. That's not the late 50's as you speculated but does give Morrison perhaps 10 years or so at that location. Or maybe I'm all wrong.
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby BSOR Patarak » Sat May 16, 2009 12:20 pm

I believe they were around even longer than that. They also sold track materials along with the railcar repair/leasing. The A&A's later fleet of interchange box cars came through Morrison Railway Supply. I don't have all of the info, but a quick search of the Buffalo News archives will bring up quite a bit of history on them. I had done that at the downtown Library once...I'll see if I can find the list of dates.

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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby Steve1939 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:24 pm

Morrison Railway Supply had its yard and Offices on Baily Ave. Buffalo, NY and its main office at the Rand Building, Buffalo. It subsequently moved to the Ellicut Square Building, Buffalo unitl it was aquired. It was an off shoot of Morrison and Reisman Scrap Iron and was formed by Raymond Morrison, Marvin Morrison and George Kass.
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby Steve1939 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:58 pm

FYI, they also formed Morrison International and International Car Company. They made railway cabooses and racks to hold tires in gas stations. In addition they built a vinegar car (a specialized type of tank car designed to transport vinegar). The largest such car built was built by Morrison Railway Supply Corporation in 1968. The car's underframe included all of the modern conveniences of freight car design including roller bearing trucks and cushioning devices built by FreightMaster, while the tank that rode on it, made of Douglas Fir, had a capacity of 17,100 US gallons (64,731 L; 14,239 imp gal). The car, in what has been called 'the largest wooden tank car ever built', took 18 months to build.

Morrison International went out of business in 1964 when it was sold to Ryder. MRS continued until 1980when it was sold.
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby mmorrison » Mon May 24, 2010 5:03 am

hi. i am the great-granddaughter of the founder. raymond morrison was my grandfather & i am looking for any info. on the company history. great to find some on here & i would welcome any info. anyone has.
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby jonseyo » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:04 am

i have 18 pocket monthly calenders from the world war 2 with Earl Moran pinup girls on the cover With Morrison railway supply corp. ad on them there are 18 months from 1943 to the late 46, plus another hand fulls of less important pictures on them but all Morrison railway on them any interest. i pulled these out of the Dansville ny train depot
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Re: Morrison Railway Supply in Buffalo?

Postby edpostjr » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:25 pm

Morrison Railway Supply had operations in the city of Buffalo- shop on Greene Street; headquarters in the Rand or Tischman Building downtown and a railcar repair operation in the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca; hamlet of Ebenezer.
My father had been a railroad carpenter and worked there part time. When I was 16, he got me in there for a full time summer job (1970) where I got to do heavy industrial (pre OSHA !) stuff like sandblasting, painting and general labor. They would replace wood in box cars; rebuild journal boxes;welding, sandblast the interior of tank cars; painting; stenciling, etc. The were adjacent to part of an old roundhouse they used and there were other old railroad buildings around on the site.
General Manager : Mr. Bennett; foreman Vince Gomez, I believe.
Good memories.

Ebenezer Railcar Services went into their space after Morrison didn't operate there.....and not Eastern Railway Supply
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