Sunday, September 20, 2015

Traces of the Erie & PC in Western NY

(Train sightings on 8-12-15.)  

For the last road trip of this year, my wife and I decided to drive to Jamestown, NY in order to visit the Lucille Ball Museum. This was the town that she was born in and would reside in for a time before striking it big in the entertainment field. I didn't anticipate seeing much railroad activity during the course of our travels but did manage to find these reminders of an area that once had a rich railroading heritage. 

Photo 1: The Erie Railroad Bridge in Jamestown passes over Main Street. Off to the right and in the background can be seen a mural of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley on the building as a tribute. Vance and Frawley played Lucy and Ricky's neighbors when they lived in NYC on the television series.  

Photos 2 and 3: Built by the Erie Railroad, date unknown, this depot is now privately owned. It also serves as home to the Buffalo Southern RR. Off to the right can be seen a green transfer caboose on the siding. That would be Penn Central transfer caboose 18216.