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Have a short post for today. Have been researching and walking about trying to link history to today. Have found some facts and am narrowing in on what I want to build. A lot of what I am doing is similar to what Jim Six is writing about in his "Limited Modeler" column. My hometown is Tonawanda and North Tonawanda in western New York. The towns were on the western end of the Erie Canal, the Niagara River and Tonawanda Creek. The town was served by three New York Central lines, the Niagara Falls Line from Buffalo to Suspension Bridge, The Lockport Line from Tonawanda to Rochester, and the Peanut Line or Canandaigua Line from Tonawanda to Canandaigua. Also served the New York and Lake Erie, or Erie Railroad.
John Armstrong is often mentioned with the term spaghetti bowl trackplans, but he grew up in Canandaigua, New York and the areas in New York resemble the all-you-can-eat pasta bowl at the local Italian restaurant. Between the NYC and Erie, plus streetcar lines, there is hardly room for streets!
I have been trying to boil down all this, plus the canal to come up with a decent plan scenically and operationally and have determined that the limited space I have will leave me with one line not four. I have discovered that there was a coal dealer near the canal, just down from the NYC station, and just before the double track narrows to a single track to cross the canal. Have yet to locate a picture, but I am looking.
Operations wise, the local station was passenger and mail, with the Post Office across the street from the station, so passenger trains and mail can be a part of it. This is a challenge for me as I have never considered passenger trains as an operational entity, more of a unit train that stays in one piece and just cruises through.
A plan is in the works, and I am close to the fiddling with wood stage, so I will keep posting!
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