NFTA Rail Maintenance Yard

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NFTA Rail Maintenance Yard
Car barn
Lackawanna Terminal Buffalo LOC HAER 116325.jpg
1971 view of DL&W Terminal, before its main building was demolished.
Station statistics
Address 29 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, New York
Coordinates 42°52′22.10″N 78°52′26.90″W / 42.8728056°N 78.8741389°W / 42.8728056; -78.8741389Coordinates: 42°52′22.10″N 78°52′26.90″W / 42.8728056°N 78.8741389°W / 42.8728056; -78.8741389
Line(s) Buffalo Metro Rail
Tracks 5
Parking Employees only
Other information
Opened 1917(DL&W)
1985(NFTA)
Owned by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Formerly Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Terminal
Services
Preceding station   Baltimore and Ohio   Following station
toward Pittsburgh
Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway Terminus
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Terminus Main Line
toward Hoboken

The Metro Rail Maintenance Yard or "South Park Terminal" houses Buffalo Metro Rail's 26 cars in a train shed at the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad terminal in the Cobblestone District of Buffalo, New York. The property is located at the southernmost fringe of the Central Business District. The station was built in 1917, and was designed to handle both steam trains and steam ships.[1] The storage and maintenance facility was converted to its present condition in 1982, following the demolition of the former main terminal concourse building "headhouse" of the DL&W Terminal in 1979.

The lower level of the sheds are used to store the rail cars when they are not in use. The upper level is mostly empty space, consisting of the concrete troughs where tracks once stood and their platforms. However, some of it is used for offices, a train operators' lounge and storage.

Numerous proposals for adaptive reuse of the unused portion of the upper level of the terminal sheds have been floated publicly by various parties, including: a casino, a farmers market and loft apartments.[2]

In 1982, an addition was built on the east end of the terminal building, which has a modern rail maintenance shop for servicing the rail fleet. This addition also contains some administrative offices.

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