RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Todd's Railfan Guide to
The Downtown Area
The downtown area offers a lot of activity though out most of the day. Plenty of local switching takes place, Amtrak comes through, and if you're into transit, you have the Buffalo Light Rail system to take in.
Amtrak has a fair number of trains coming through to keep you entertained. Schedules are on the homepage.
Tracks heading north from the Amtrak station to Niagara Falls follow I-190 on the west side till just south of the Peace Bridge, and then goes under the interstate to the east side.
Railfan Guide Homepage
Map 1 - Downtown - You're on it
Map 2 - East - CSX's Frontier Yard and NS's Bison Yard
Map 3 - Seneca
Map 4 - South
Map 5 - North
Light Rail guide
Exits 4, 5, or 6 off of I-190 take you to the sights on the map. I-190 brings you down from Niagara Falls, and connects with I-90 just east of here.
1 Amtrak's Downtown Buffalo Station
Amtrak schedules are on the Buffalo homepage.
2 FW Interlocking
If you look at aerial shots of Buffalo today, you will see evidence of the old railroad infrastructure left over from Buffalo's heyday.
The bridge on the right is a former Buffalo Creek bridge which is still in use by CSX and NS. The bridge on the left is a former NKP bridge.
Evidence of the DL&W's entry into Buffalo (off to the left) can still be seen. The pilings on the half removed bridge look relatively new.
An ex New York Central bridge, once a part of their mainline to Chicago.
An unused grain tower, where there once was a substantial NYC yard with 5 tracks looping around to service the tower. The bridge at the top of the picture is the one featured above.
Looking from the air, we can easily see why some streets are the way they are. This is a continuation of the DL&W entrance into downtown Buffalo.
Plenty of unused track in this shot, the track that hooks on the left goes through a patch of water, so I don't believe it gets used much anymore.
The top Snag shows you where the former LV and DL&W Depots used to be located. Below that, the other picture shows the area on the north side of Exchange Street, where it used to be nothing but yard trackage where the "X's" are.
These underpasses are typical of the many that sprinkle the old New York Central right-of-way from Frontier yard into the downtown area. All the maps I can find of the area show there being four tracks coming through here, although it looks like it could handle quite a few more.... anyone know for sure?
Last Modified 01-Apr-2012