RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.

 

Todd's Railfan Chase Guide
BATAVIA to DEPEW NY
 

In General
Getting Here
Map
Crossings etc
Floobydust
 

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In General

This guide covers the ex New York Central mainline, now CSX, from Batavia to Depew.

At one time, the New York Central had a four track mainline running from pretty much New York City to Buffalo, now, it is only two for the most part, at least in the upper New York state area.

Why would you want to railfan this area?  Lots of action, almost like being on the UP/ex CNW line that runs through Des Moines and Ames Iowa.  And they come rolling thru at speed, with little in their way to slow 'em down.

You will notice that almost every entry has "Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions".  This is because the line, for the most part, is very straight!

Other cities to take in while you are here are: Buffalo, Rochestor, Syracuse, Schenectady, Albany/Rensselaer, and to the southeast, Binghamton.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

Aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps. The snap-shots from Bing are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here

Getting Here
Pertinent I-90 Exits

I-90, the New York State Thruway, parallels the track, kinda, for almost the whole trek from Albany to Buffalo.  Use your GPS to get to I-90.

Exits from I-90 you can take for chasing this section of the ex NYC mainline are shown in the three following Snags:
     Exit 48 - Batavia
     Exit 48a - Corfu and Pembroke
     Exit 49 - Depew

If you are coming in from the SE (Bingo, the Southern Tier), come in via I-390, and then NY 63.
If coming in from the SW, like the Arcade & Attica RR, or those two towns, take NY 98.


Map


Crossings, Bridges, and Signals
In Batavia


Cedar Rd, MP 402

 


Looking west, red arrow, WB signals

 
Looking east, yellow arrow, with the siding going off to the right with a dwarf colorlight signal and EB pole mounted searchlights


Crossings, Bridges, and Signals
Between Batavia and Depew


    1      Donahue Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions. 
You have three tracks here, the northern track is the yard lead, which starts at the next signal to the west.


Looks like a couple of railfans caught in the act, if you ask me :-)


Signals between Donahue and Wortendyke Roads

No access for pictures.  About a mile east of Wortendyke Road.  The lead for the Batavia yard starts just to the west of the signals.  The signals are only for the mainline tracks.


Caught in the act

A local freight makes its way east, just east of Wortendyke Road.  Either getting ready to work the siding, or just finished.


    2      Wortendyke Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.  Defect Detectors here.

There are pole mounted searchlight signals for EB traffic in the distance of the right picture, and the signal bridge on the far side of them can just be made out on these low-res pictures I was taking back in these days (2006).  :-(

       


    3      Upton Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.  Good shots to the west of EB trains framed by signal bridge.


Signals between Upton and Wilkinson Roads

No access for photos, but you can catch shots of EB trains, framed in by the signal bridge, from Upton Road with a good telephoto lens.


    4      Wilkinson Rd, NY 5

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


Signals between Wilkinson and Ellinwood Roads

No access for photos.


    5      Ellinwood Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    6      Colby Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.  Signal bridge (MP 413) for signals in both directions, looking east towards Batavia from the crossing.
Can't get much better than here!

The signals at Colby Rd


Bridge between Colby and Snipery Roads

Simple bridge over a small creek, no real good access tho.


    7      Snipery Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    8      Allegheny Rd, NY 77

Allegheny Road goes under the tracks.  No good vantage point.  You may want to try where Maple Ave used to cross the tracks, on the south side.

 


    9      Etzold Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.  Probably a private grade crossing, no grade protection.


    10      Fargo Rd, NY 4

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    11      County Line Rd

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    12      Crittenden Rd, NY 1

Crittenden goes OVER the tracks here.  Gives you a little variety in your shooting angles.


    13      Peters Corner Rd, NY 347

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    14      Reinhardt Rd

Either side of this former crossing looks good, with good parking on both sides, good sight lines in both directions.  The map is above.


    15      Wende Rd, NY 113

Former grade crossing with good sight lines in both directions.  The south side looks tempting because of the concrete bridge shot (going over the Ellicott Creek), but because it is heavily industrialized, they probably wouldn't look favorably to trespassing, especially with a camera!


Crossovers with signals

Sorry, not accessible without trespassing :-(

 


    16      Townline Rd, NY 335

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.


    17      Ransom Rd, NY 155

Good grade crossing, good sight lines in both directions.  Shoulder parking, nuttin else available.


    18      Pavement Rd, NY 139

Nice overpass to shoot from, good sight lines in both directions, parking off street on south side.


    19      Cemetery Rd

Good sight lines in both directions, nice little bridge that goes over the tracks, although everything looks rather "governmentalish", so you may get challenged if found parking here.


    20      Central Ave, NY 57

Covered in the Depew Guide


Floobydust


None so far

 


Disclaimers: Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!   Beware: ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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