Buffalo Railroads (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Buffalo Railroads (Images of Rail)

As a growing city on Lake Erie, Buffalo was considered thesecond largest railroad hub in the Unites States. Given itslocation, it saw the effects of westward expansion as the countrygrew and greatly benefited as a result. Buffalo rapidly became acity of importance as the stockyards, grain, steel, automotive, andother industries began to establish themselves in the area. Drawnby vast amounts of freshwater, inexpensive hydropower, andexcellent means of transportation, the Buffalo region grew, andwith it, the railroads expanded to support the area and help ayoung nation prosper. Buffalo earned the name of the Queen City asit became the second-largest city in the state of New York, and itwas the railroad that brought the city to prominence.Stephen G. Myers grew up along the tracks and developed a lovethat turned into a career at Buffalo's Frontier Yard. Michael J.Connor's father was a manager for the Erie Railroad, and Michaelfollowed in his father's footsteps to be a railroad man. Along withthe authors' personal collections of rail photographs, they havesought out local historians and societies to compile vintage imagesfor Buffalo Railroads.