Railroads and the Steel Industry

Railroads and the Steel Industry (HM1RQE)

Location: Buffalo, NY 14218 Erie County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 50.021', W 78° 51.269'

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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
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 675351 N 4744578
Decimal Degrees42.83368333, -78.85448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.021', W 78° 51.269'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 1.26" N, 78° 51' 16.14" W
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Area Code(s)716
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1816-1946 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14218, US
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