The Industrial Heritage Trail
— The Western New York Railway Historical Society —The steel industry that developed around the Union Ship Canal and Lake Erie was heavily dependent upon rail transportation for their operations. While bulk shipments of iron ore arrived by ship, coal and other raw materials arrived by rail, and the finished steel products were shipped throughout the country via the numerous connecting rail lines. Extensive internal rail systems were also developed inside the plants to move raw materials and products between storage and production areas. Both the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company (later called Bethlehem Steel) and the Hanna Furnace Corporation had their own railroads. In addition, Lackawanna Iron & Steel had a smaller, narrow guage railroad to move ingots and structural pieces. Rail lines from over two dozen railroads radiated from Buffalo on all directions. Passing immediately east behind the Union Ship Canal and the steel plant were the mainlines of the New York Central, Pennsylvania, Nickel Plate, Lehigh Valley, Buffalo & Susquehanna and Erie Railroads. Additional rail connections were made via the South Buffalo Railway with the Lackawanna Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Buffalo Creek Railroad. By the turn of the century, Buffalo was the hub of a massive intermodal transportation center and the second largest rail center in North America. Railroad companies owner over 80 percent of land along Buffalo's waterfront, and many established their own boat fleets in order to provide seamless transport to the west. Engineer Jerry Schenk with his brakeman along the Hanna Furnace loading track, 1956.
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|Date Added||Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 9:05pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17T E 675351 N 4744578|
|Decimal Degrees||42.83368333, -78.85448333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 50.021', W 78° 51.269'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 50' 1.26" N, 78° 51' 16.14" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1816-1946 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14218, US|
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