9365 on Tonawanda Island

With the construction activity in my basement drawing to a close I finally had a chance to fire up the layout again. Here are a couple of shots of Penn Central 9365 shoving back to spot some boxcars at the International Paper warehouse.


  1. Hunter You Have faithfully reproduced the Era I remember in my youth growing up in the Town of Wheatfield (North Tonawanda N.Y.) I remember all these Industries as a youngster seeing them dump the slag at night from Tonawanda Iron was a sight to see.and crossing the Tonawanda Island Bridge to the International paper Mill. and watching the Trains along River Road and all the other sights in the area. Great work my Friend.


  2. Here is a bit of history that you are probably unaware of regarding the origins of Penn Central locomotive #9365 ! It was built by Alco Locomotive Works in Schenectady ,NY for The NY Central Railroad and is #22 of 43 SE Switcher models built ! It was originally numbered (895) and it’s assignment was a rail route built along the banks of “The West Canada Creek” . The rail line was 16.9 miles long . This same locomotive #895 and now numbered 9365 traveled from Herkimer ,NY to Poland,NY everyday to pick up boxcar loads of cut boards milled at “The Northern” Lumber Mill in Poland , NY . The trees(mostly maple from old growth) came from local forests north of Poland in the foothills of The Adirondack Mountain range . The high quality lumber from the mill was once shipped all over the World during the Mill’s high production years . The mill was shut down and then torn down sometime during the 1970’s or 80’s . The railroad tracks were removed during 1977 . The line was shut down after a springtime washout damaged the tracks in 1973 due to the remnants of a springtime (South Coast of The USA) hurricane which became a “Tropical Depression” after moving ashore and traveling up the eastern cost ! The washout occurred along the creek enbankment which gave way due to the storm’s heavy rainfall ! The Penn Central Rail Company decided not to repair it , probably because the route was no longer profitable despite the efforts of then New York State Governor Hugh Carey to keep the tracks operational !


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