• Somerset Coal Trains Done For Good?

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by jurtz
 
While you might be able to convince someone to "sell" you some old creosoted RR ties to take home for your landscaping project, doing so is prohibited by the NYS DEC. See https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/42394.html

Key section as it pertains to creosote railroad ties:

"If the railroads or utility companies maintain control or ownership of the materials, the wood treated with creosote can be repaired, reused or stockpiled for reuse. These items can also be sold or marketed to other exempt entities for reuse. However, the items must continue to be used for their intended purpose. For example, a railroad company can sell railroad ties to another railroad company for reuse as railroad ties, but, if the item is unable to be repaired or reused, it must be disposed of as waste in a permitted landfill or combustion facility."

My guess is if a stranger came up to a crew and asked to buy some of the old ties, they would probably be told no for this reason. Your mileage may vary.
  by Matt Langworthy
 
lvrr325 wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:33 pmThis would have made for a dandy excursion line, with no other traffic to deal with.
In theory, yes. In reality, there are already 7 excursions within a two hour radius of Lockport:

1. Medina RR Museum
2. Buffalo Cattaraugus & Jamestown Scenic Railway
3. New York & Lake Erie RR
4. Arcade & Attica RR
5. Finger Lakes Railway (expanding into Himrod soon, too)
6. Rochester & Genesee Valley RR Museum
7. New York Museum of Transportation

Profit margins for excursions are thin in the best of times. Slicing the pie into smaller pieces won't grow it. As I learned with the original B&H RR mainline, it would be nice to save everything... but that simply isn't possible.
  by DGC-24711
 
jurtz wrote: Mon Jun 20, 2022 10:16 am While you might be able to convince someone to "sell" you some old creosoted RR ties to take home for your landscaping project, doing so is prohibited by the NYS DEC.
Makes me think of the sign on Route 31 in Cambria in front of a farm that says "RR ties for sale". Probably scooped them from the edge of the CSX ROW adjacent to the farmers field across the street.
  by SST
 
That’s an interesting article from the Buffalo news. I just rode my bike north from Niagara Falls to the escarpment at Lewiston. I didn’t go down cuz I new I wouldn’t make it back up. But if they make all these trails it will be nice to explore them. Maybe now they’ll catch up with NW Pennsylvania. They have extraordinary RR trails.