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Erie Lackawanna Railroad-Anatomy of The Friendly Service Route
The BUFFALO DIVISION
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With the 72 Class. track Bison Yard as the crown jewel of Erie Lackawanna's Buffalo area freight operations, the Buffalo Division conducted brisk interchange with the connecting railroads entering Buffalo from many different directions. Both the Black Rock and Niagara Falls branches provided connections with Canadian National and Chesapeake and Ohio's Canada Division operations, while the railroad connected with the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Baltimore and Ohio via the Buffalo Creek Railroad. Connections were made with Penn Central by means of interyard transfer runs operated by each railroad. Until October, 1962, passengers on the Erie Lackawanna's Buffalo Trains could make direct cross platform connections with the Nickel Plate Road. This was switched to Babcock Street in October, 1962 and lasted until October, 1965 when Norfolk and Western terminated the Buffalo passenger trains from the west. On local freights, the versatile EMD GP7 and GP9 fleet often worked just about everywhere on the Buffalo Division, except for the Lockport Branch, whose rails were so light that only Yard type switcher diesels were allowed on that line. In addition to EL transfer runs to and from Fort Erie, the Black Rock Branch gave Norfolk and Western St. Thomas Division trains direct access to Bison Yard, a luxury enjoyed by the Wabash previously. It was on the Buffalo Division that one could also see run through power of several different railroads mixe with EL power on some trains, particularly the Apollos and the Transcontinentals. The Apollos were later transferred to the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which operated them as solid piggyback trains.

Makeup of the Buffalo Division
The following station lists by line depict the make up of the Buffalo Division of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in its final years (most merged into Susquehanna Division after 1972)
Table 1. Hornell-Buffalo
Hornell
Arkport
Canaseraga
Swains
Dalton
Washington Hunt
River Junction
Portage
Castile
Silver Springs
Rock Glen
Warsaw
East Linden
Linden
Attica
Darien Center
Alden
Town Line
Lancaster
Depew
Depew Jct.
Union
WM Jct.
Buffalo-Halstead Ave.
Table 2. BSW Branch
Buffalo
BC Junction
Tifft St. Jct.
Blasdell
Hamburg
Eden Valley
Eden Center
North Collins
Lawtons
Collins
Gowanda
Dayton
DM Jct.
South Dayton
Cherry Creek
Conewango
Waterboro
Table 3. Attica Branch
Rochester
Mortimer
West Henrietta
Industry
Avon
Caledonia
G&W Jct.
LeRoy
Batavia
North Alexander
Attica
Table 4. Niagara Falls Branch
East Buffalo
Main Street
North Tonawanda
Niagara Falls
Table 5. Lockport Branch
North Tonawanda
Martinsville
Pendleton
L&O Junction
Lockport
Table 5A Gulf Line
L&O Junction
Lowertown
Table 6 Black Rock Branch
East Buffalo
Warwick Avenue
Main Street
Black Rock
Table 7. City Branch
East Buffalo
Abbott Road
NKP Junction
Buffalo
Table 8. Groveland Branch
North Alexander
East Bethany
B&O Junction
Greigsville
Mount Morris
Groveland
Table 9. Lancaster Spur
Lancaster
Depewe Jct.
Table 10. Erie Branch
IQ
East Ferry Street
Warwick Avenue
The Groveland Branch was originally part of the Lackawanna Railroad mainline opened to Buffalo in 1882 and downgraded to branchline status in 1963-64. The Black Rock Branch was always a freight only branch that handled the DL&W's interchange traffic with CN and the Wabash railroads. The Erie Branch was the remnant of the Erie's International Branch retained by the EL.

Buffalo Division Freight Schedules

Table 1. Niagara Falls Branch

285 275 Stations 284 272

0830 2039 Main Street 1600 0400

0900 2100 North Tonawanda 1530 0330

0930 2130 Niagara Falls 1500 0300



Table 2. Groveland Branch

249 Stations 248

2000 Groveland 1930

---- Mount Morris ----

2100 Greigsville 1830

---- B&O Junction ----

---- East Bethany ----

----- North Alexander ----

This run originated at Bison Yard as Train 248 and ran extra from Bison Yard to Greigsville where it assumed its schedule and was usually powered by EMD F3 and F7 cab units,usually in sets of four, though GP35s also caught this run during the railroad's final years.

Table 3. Attica Branch

Westbound

247 297 Stations

--- 1800 Rochester

0900 1900 Avon

1030 2045 Batavia

--- 2100 Attica

Eastbound

298 246 Stations

0100 ---- Attica

==== 1255 Batavia

0230 1430 Avon

0315 ---- Rochester

PRINCIPAL FREIGHT CONNECTIONS;Buffalo;CN,N&W,B&O,PC,THB,SB,BCK;Niagara Falls and Lockport;PC, Niagara Falls,Buffalo; C&O;Silver Springs;B&O;Batavia;PC,Caledonia;PC,G&W,LV,B&O.