90 Years of Buffalo Railways BY William Gordon Soft Cover Complete some loose pg

90 Years of Buffalo Railways BY William Gordon Soft Cover Complete some loose pg

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90 Years of Buffalo Railways BY William Gordon Soft Cover Complete some loose pg
 

90 Years of Buffalo Railways BY William Gordon Soft Cover Copyright 1970   Complete Pages 265-300, 301-328 are loose (2 sections)
Introduction
This, my tenth book, covers the Niagara Frontier from the horsecars in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lockport of 1860 through the change over to trolleys in 1890 by the Buffalo Railway Co., Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge Railway and the Lock City Railway in Lockport.
In this book, we are attempting to recount the days of the horsecar, and the advent of the trolley on the Niagara Frontier from the time of the Civil War.
Two companies started lines on Main and Niagara Streets, Buffalo, in 1869, followed by the East, and West Side Companies, during the next thirty years.
In 1890 the city limits were greatly expanded covering a great deal of open land, but by the time this land in Buffalo was developed in the '20's, vitality was waning, and there was no further expansion.
The I.R.C. and its predecessor companies displayed a curiously ambivalent attitude toward these city limits To the north toward Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, and northeast to Lockport the attitude was one of agressive construction with lines breaking through the city limit barrier on at least four major streets. Yet Kenmore which was directly at the north city limits never had through-trolley service to downtown Buffalo.
The Route 9 "Kenmore" line reached boldly north for that city, but was blunted by the invisible city line barrier, and turned sharply west along the joint city lines and ended in a few blocks.
With the exception of the Lancaster line from the end of Broadway, I.R.C. operation to the east, and south, stopped at the city line. Perhaps the most extreme example of this was the "Kensington" Route 13 which meandered a bit, but its last two miles headed north on Bailey Avenue A turning "wye" was built at Lisbon, but the double track continued two blocks, and stopped exactly on the city line. These last two blocks of track were always under wire, but never used. No effort was made to turn east into the Amherst Estates residential area, or on north to Grover Cleveland Park and a connection with the Buffalo & Williamsville Co.
Of course the latter line connected with the "Main City Line" Route 8 which looped where its name implies, and while there was a track connection with the B. & W., no through-service was ever offered, nor was any attempt made to take over the B. & W. as had been done near the Niagara River.
The I.R.C., since January 27th, 1902, had been a corporation, created, organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York having its principal office in the City of Buffalo, and in 1930 owned and operated 169 miles of track in Buffalo alone. It operated for the transportation of passengers
The Niagara Falls Park & River Ry. Co., the Clifton Suspension Bridge Co., the Queenston Suspension Bridge Co , the Queenston Heights Bridge Co. and the Lewiston Connecting Bridge Co. were purchased by the I.R.C.
The Buffalo Ry. Co., at the time of consolidation, was the owner, by merger, of all the property, rights, privileges and franchises of The Buffalo, Bellevue & Lancaster Ry. Co., The Buffalo Traction Co., The West Side Street Ry., The Buffalo Street R.R., The Buffalo East Side Street Ry., and the Niagara Street R.R. Co.
The Buffalo & Lockport Ry., at the time of the consolidation was the owner, by purchase or merger, of the rights and franchises of the Lock City Electric R.R., the Lockport Street R.R., the Buffalo, Kenmore & Tonawanda Electric Ry., and the Elmwood Avenue and Tonawanda Electric Ry. Co.
The Tonawanda Street R.R. Co. and the Tonawanda Electric R.R. Co. were merged with the Buffalo, Tonawanda & Niagara Falls Electric R.R. Co. prior to its consolidation with the I.R.C.
The Buffalo & Tonawanda Electric Ry., and the Buffalo & Niagara Falls Electric Ry., were merged prior to its consolidation with the I.R.C.
The rights of The Whirlpool Rapids & Park Co., Ltd., were acquired by purchase by The Niagara Falls Park & River Ry. Co. prior to its purchase by the I.R.C.
Among the odd happenings of the time, Lockport experienced one of the oddest. One night, while the citizens peacefully slumbered, all of the horses and cars were pilfered and taken out of the city, by train, never to be recovered.
The "Gay Nineties" saw the appearance of electric trolleys in the towns and cities across the land. The Schlosser Avenue line in Niagara Falls was a popular one, and it was later extended to LaSalle as the Buffalo Avenue Line. The Niagara

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