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Todd's Railfan Guide to
BINGHAMTON NY
Map 1 - Binghamton Proper
the Railroad Yards and the DL&W Depot

Map
Sights
Signals

Floobydust
 

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The Binghamton guide is divided as follows:
     Index and Introduction
    Map 1 - Binghamton Proper
     Map 2 - Southeast of Binghamton
     Map 3 - West of Binghamton

     Map 4 - North of Binghamton


Map


Sights

The DL&W Depot
the Marconi Tower
the NYS&W Freight Shed
the Susquehanna Shops & Office
the CP Yard

the NS and NYS&W Yards


     1        The DL&W depot in downtown Binghamton.

             
The winter shots are from early January 2009, and the non-snow pictures were taken July 2010.

   

     You can usually see some NS stuff across from the depot (L), and on the other side of Chenango (R).


     2        The Marconi Tower at the DL&W depot.

 


     3        The NYS&W freight shed
This freight shed sits across the yard from the station.


     4        Susquehanna shops
The shops and yard are located off Brandywine.

             


     5        The CP yard

    Left photo is at the north end of the yard, right pix is from Terrace Rd.

     


     6        The NYS&W and NS Yards

One vantage point for checking the yard out is the Chenago St overpass.  The only thing wrong with it is the really high, and closely knit fence as seen.  On hte north side of the yard runs Eldridge, but there is no place to snap off any pictures from there, and on the south side, once you leave the area of the station, nothing allows for easy access if at all.


Signals


    4     The searchlight signals at location #4, very difficult access, especially in a foot of snow and no boots!  It uses GRS Searchlights.

             


Old Erie signal, south of Bevier St and signal location #4.

 


    5     Signals near Jarvis.

These signals are in the process of being replaced as of July 2010... the new signals are already in place, and are just waiting to be cut over.

            www.bing.com/maps aerial shots.

             
The WB high and dwarf signals, notice the top head appears to be a single aspect light, judging from the housing.

   
Misc stuff, and a view down an alley (across from Grace) to get to the old signal bridge.

                 
A great signal bridge holding up a single searchlight installation... shame it's going bye-bye.  A dwarf sits below it.  The searchlights are by GRS.

 
The new WB signals on a cantilever, and the dwarf searchlight under the old bridge.

                 
The eastbound signals.


Mile marker a little east of the signals, taken from about a quarter of a mile away, hence the blurry edges from the heat.

     
The pole line, but judging from the condition of several poles nearby, not used anymore.


    8   

Inbound Susquehanna freights (to Binghamton) stop here a lot, at signal location 8 on the map, but why didn't I get a picture of the signal???

   


Floobydust


       
Tracks coming in from the west cross the Chenango here, adjacent to Clinton and Water Sts.

        
The railroad crossing Front St on the west side of the Chenango, you can still see the "Lackawana" on the one bridge.

   Bridge(s) over Murray St. 

  Interchange tracks, just above the shot below.

  Here where the tracks come down from the north, and cross Robinson, one can see signs of old trackwork.


Off of exit 4 on i88 is what appears to be either an old freight shed or depot... anyone have close-ups?

 


Crossing at Phelps St.


Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

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.

If this is a railfan page, 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!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

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! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

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