yes, the B&H used to serve many wineries in the HAmmondsport area..
its last big customer (before being taken over by the LAL) was the Taylor winery..I think the winery closed down..
trains no longer run at all between Bath and Hammondsport, although the tracks are still in place..
here is a condensed history of the B&H, from the book "Keuka Lake Memories" by William Reed Gordon.
(paraphrased by me!
Erie railroad came through Bath in 1854.
approval for a line from Bath to Hammondsport came from New York State on January 17, 1872.
The B&H was originally 3-foot gauge, and interchanged with the 6-foot gauge Erie in Bath!
Erie was the B&H's only connection to the outside world.
B&H was opened on June 30, 1875.
Line of Road: Bath to Hammondsport NY
Sidings, etc. 0.5 miles
gauge - 3ft
rail: 30lb and 40lb
passengers were hauled to the steam ships and resorts on Keuka Lake, and freight interchanged with the Erie.
in 1879, the railroad owned 3 locomotives of 18tons. each a brooks 2-6-0.
4 passenger cars and one baggage car.
6 freight cars.
28, 729 passengers carried in 1879.
2,746 tons of coal to Hammondsport.
1,170 tons of grapes from Hammondsport to Bath.
in 1883, the original 2-6-0's replaced by 2 Baldwin tank engines.
1888 - line is standard gauged with 60lb rail.
B&H owned a total of 16 different steam locomotive before 1949.
(not all at the same time)
first 5 were 3-foot gauge.
probably not more than 3 at any one time.
1949 - GE 44ton diesel number D-1 arrives.
diesel D-2 - plymouth
diesel D-3 another GE 44ton.
and thats it from that book..
that book has a LOT more info on the B&H than what I wrote here!
lots of photos too..
I picked up a pristine copy at a Monroe ave book shop this past summer!
the Rochester library has it.
anyone know the more recent history?
when did the GE44tonners leave and the S1's arrive?
by my count, C424 422 is the 22nd locomotive operated by the B&H..
and I dont think the B&H ever operated more than 3 locomotives at any one time.