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First car arrives for Buffalo’s Flour-By-Rail Legacy Project

By | July 20, 2021

Buffalo Creek car will be restored to original appearance

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Rusted boxcar with grain silos in background
Rusted boxcar with grain silos in background
A former Buffalo Creek flour boxcar is now on display as part of the Flour By Rail Legacy Project in Buffalo, N.Y. (Buffalo, USA Foundation: C. D. Monte Verde)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The first railcar for the Flour-By-Rail Legacy Project in Buffalo’s Silo City neighborhood has arrived and is now on display.

Buffalo Creek No. 3424, a 40-foot car built by the Pullman Co. in 1952, arrived at the project site on July 15 and has now been placed on its trucks on a display track. The car will be repainted to its original appearance, with the Buffalo Creek “flour bag” logo, to recognize the significance of flour traffic earlier in Buffalo’s history.

Plans are for several cars and a locomotive to join this first car at Silo City, a former industrial area of the city being redeveloped for business and commercial use [see “‘Flour-by-rail’ to be recognized …,” Trains News Wire, March 1, 2021]. More information is available at the project’s Facebook page.

Aerial view of truck carring boxcar
A truck carrying the Flour By Rail project’s boxcar moves through CSX’s Goodman Street Yard in Rochester, N.Y., on July 15, 2021.(Charles Rothbart)

2 thoughts on “First car arrives for Buffalo’s Flour-By-Rail Legacy Project

  1. Prior to the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the enlargement of the Welland Canal, Buffalo was the US Port as far East as the bigger Lake Boats could go. So a big milling business grew in Buffalo as well as a transload business for rail transport to the East Coast.

    Hence the flour sack on the BCK boxcar.

  2. Very cool News Wire Day for us Upstate New Yorkers, Three positive stories regarding railroad related projects in our region!

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