Freight yard just west of Buffalo Central Terminal?

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Freight yard just west of Buffalo Central Terminal?

Postby 25Hz » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:22 am

Which yard is to the west of old buffalo central terminal? I saw it when i was on the maple leaf, and also surprisingly enough in many railroad promotional videos from the 50's.

Also, what is that former yard looking area about half a mile south of the station, what was/is it used for?
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Re: Yard near buffalo central terminal.

Postby charlie6017 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:59 am

I'm pretty sure the yard south of the terminal was the old stock yard.

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Re: Yard near buffalo central terminal.

Postby 25Hz » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:31 pm

Fascinating.

The other yard has been prominently featured in at least 4 railroad productions. I find that one really interesting because it seems to have the same layout that it had in those films. That has to be 60 years minimum. Very long time for a yard to exist virtually unchanged especially through penn central years.
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Re: Yard near buffalo central terminal.

Postby Noel Weaver » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:35 pm

The yard in question is/was the Stock Yard. In my time working in and out of Buffalo it was used by Conrail as an IM yard. I don't know if CSX still uses it for IM today or not.
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Re: Yard near buffalo central terminal.

Postby charlie6017 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:03 am

Noel Weaver wrote:The yard in question is/was the Stock Yard. In my time working in and out of Buffalo it was used by Conrail as an IM yard. I don't know if CSX still uses it for IM today or not.
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Re: Yard near buffalo central terminal.

Postby chnhrr » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:42 pm

I meant to post this one earlier. I’m assuming that the stock yard was in the direction of the red arrow in the picture shown. There was another yard that aligned the south side of the terminal (green arrow). Was this for passenger car storage and servicing? There was also a fairly large interlocking tower on the east side of the terminal. What was the name of the tower and did it control any of the yards in question. Speaking of terminal ,why was the facility not designated as a station, since it appears it allowed for though traffic?
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Re: Freight yard just west of Buffalo Central Terminal?

Postby KenK » Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:21 pm

Immediately west of and cionnecting to the Central Terminal and just north of the platforms were the baggage building and a separate REA (Railway Express Agency) building. These were serviced by a number of tracks coming off of the main and station trackage. I believe they were separated from the station platforms by tracks coming off of the "Beltline".
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Re: Freight yard just west of Buffalo Central Terminal?

Postby erie2937 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:11 pm

This view is looking west. Tower in foreground is S.S. 48. S.S. 49 was at west end of depot. The only yard west of the depot was the Stock Yard which consisted of 25 tracks with a capacity of 1054 cars. Source: NYCS Buffalo Yard Analysis Recommendations December 1, 1955. This was published to explain and or justify the construction of Frontier Yard which was identified then as "Proposed East Buffalo Yard".. Yards to be closed were identified as Gardenville Yard, HC Yard, SY Yard, Grain Yard, VI Yard, EA Yard, TR Yard, MI Yard, FS Yard, Stock Yard and West Shore Yard. The following yards were to be retained: Elmwood Avenue Yard, Military Yard, Buffalo Yard, Seneca Yard, New Yard(Kenmore), Harriet Yard, North Tonawanda Yard, Niagara Falls Yard. The proposed yard was to consist of 90 tracks with a capacity of 5870 cars. H.T. Guillaume
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