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11684Re: [FJGRailroad] Niagara Falls and NYC tower 65

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  • Paul Charland
    Mar 5, 2006
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      Hi Paul,

      I have a "Buffalo" article from March '76 Trains Magazine with a map of
      all the rail lines in the area including the abandoned RW&O line but the
      article is written as an Erie Lackawanna article and only labels EL
      yards, towers, and points of interest, along with showing what mainlines
      in the area belong to who at the time (think this was one of the many
      'day before Conrail' articles that appeared at the time).

      There has been talk of Niagara Mohawk drilling four more tunnels for
      more turbines at the original site.

      paul larner wrote:

      > Paul,
      > Thanks for the references. I neglected to give you the date of the
      > timetable I used. It was from April 1960. Sometime after the
      > consolidations, rationalizations and installation of TCS or CTC the term
      > control point (CP) came into use. There were a number of railroads serving
      > Niagara Falls in the 60's and earlier. Most remaining consolidated into Con
      > Rail, obviously an apt road name. Going up there today you can see the
      > ramnants and road beds of various different routes that converged on the
      > Falls. The present main track between CP 8, near Black Rock, and the Falls
      > is a combination of a couple former routes and a bit of relocation too.
      > Today there is nothing left downtown where once there was station and
      > support yards. (I haven't been there in a couple of years; there was a
      > convention center on part of the former site, now maybe a Casino.) As an
      > aside an interesting facet of the Falls is the generation of power for the
      > industries that once huddled along the chasms edge. To accomplish this
      > tunnels were dug beneath the central city from above the falls to below to
      > service first the individual industries and then the large tunnel for the
      > power plant that collapsed some years ago. The tunnels are still there and
      > today I believe have an impact on how and where the city builds.
      > PKL
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