Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad

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Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad
Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad logo.png
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Overview
HeadquartersRochester, New York
Reporting markBPRR
LocaleNorthern Pennsylvania
Dates of operation1988 (1988)
Technical
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length729 miles (1,173 km)
Other
WebsiteB&P

The Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad (reporting mark BPRR) is a Class II railroad[1] operating in New York and Pennsylvania.

The BPRR is owned by Genesee & Wyoming. Its main line runs between Buffalo, New York and Eidenau, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh. Here, connections are made to the city center via the Allegheny Valley Railroad. The system runs largely on former Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) lines. The entire BPRR system is 729 miles (1,173 km).

Major commodities carried include paper, petroleum products, chemicals, coal, steel, and sand.

Main line[edit]

The Buffalo-Eidenau main line passes through Salamanca, NY, Bradford, PA, Johnsonburg, PA, DuBois, PA, Punxsutawney, PA, and Butler, PA. Principal rail yards are located at Butler, Punxsutawney (Riker), and Buffalo, with support yards for local industry at other locations.

B&P initially used the direct former B&O/BR&P main between Buffalo and Salamanca, but during the 1990s a failing bridge at Springville, New York forced the railroad to detour its trains north of Ashford Junction via the former Rochester & Southern track to Machias Junction, New York, thence north on Conrail's/Norfolk Southern's ex-Pennsylvania Railroad Buffalo Line to Buffalo. Buffalo & Pittsburgh now is the sole user of the ex-PRR south of CP-GRAVITY in Buffalo.

Other lines[edit]

BPRR operates two key secondary lines. One runs between Erie and Johnsonburg along the former Allegheny & Eastern Railroad. Another is made up of former Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad tracks, running from the Armstrong Power Plant in Reesedale to Freeport, Pennsylvania. The B&P also operates on the Low Grade between DuBois and Driftwood that was formerly used by the Pennsylvania Railroad, then Conrail. A portion of the former B&O Northern Subdivision is used to provide access to Petrolia, PA.

CSX Transportation also leases the P&W Subdivision to the B&P between Allison Park and the New Castle Yard in West Pittsburg, just outside New Castle, PA. Though the B&P ends in Allison Park, the railroad rarely traverses the line down to the borough. Instead, it transfers its goods to the AVR either in Evans City or Bakerstown depending on the amount of freight it has. Other owned and operated branch lines travel to Homer City, St Marys, and Brookville, Pennsylvania, as well as to the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, New York.

History[edit]

Indiana subdivision

Operations began in 1988 over mostly former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (formerly Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh) lines. In the early 2000s, the BPRR merged other GWI railroads into it. These lines include the Allegheny & Eastern Railroad (ALY), Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad (PSR), and the Bradford Industrial Railroad (BR).

Around 2005 the Indiana Subdivision, which had been out of use, was rehabilitated to serve the Homer City Generating Station. Shortly after this, the Ridge Subdivision, which had seen a Norfolk Southern coal train run-through to Shelocta was sold off to NS.

In 2006, the railroad was honored as the Regional Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.[2]

Fleet[edit]

The BPRR fleet, as of November 2020, consists of the following.[3] Almost all locomotives were manufactured by EMD between the late 1950s and early 1970s.

Number Type Built Notes
21 EMD NW2 1942 Small switching locomotive.
33 EMD SW1200 1960 Small switching locomotive.
44 EMD MP15DC 1975
51, 2000-2003 EMD GP38 1967-1971
101-102, 104, 3020-3021, 3050, 3100-3103, 3106-3107, 3120-3121 EMD GP40-2 1966-1969 101-102, 104, 3100-3103, 3107, 3120-3121 are the variant GP40-3, rebuilt by CSX in 2014.
202-210, 626, 874, 879, 886-887 EMD GP9 1955-1959
305 EMD GP35 1964
450-463 EMD SD45 1966-1970 All are the variant SD45R, rebuilt by Southern Pacific between 1979 and 1989.
922, 926 EMD GP18 1959
1002 EMD SW1001 1973 Small switching locomotive.
1400-1401 Genset 2010 Custom-built by the Brookville Equipment Corporation.
1506-1515 EMD SW1500 1969-1972 Small switching locomotives.
2004, 2030, 9425 EMD GP38-2 1979-1982
2470 Santa Fe CF7 1953 Originally an EMD F7, almost completely rebuilt by AT&SF in 1974.
3000-3001, 3032, 3062, 3111, 6410, 6416 EMD GP40 1966-1968
3063-3064, 3301-3302, 3318-3319, 3323, 3328, 3330-3333, 3341-3346, 3396 EMD SD40-2 1967-1971 3301 through 3328 are SD40T-2. Remainder are SD40-3, rebuilt by CSX in 2011.
3380-3385, 3389-3390 EMD SD60 1993-1994 3380-3385 are SD60I, with insulated cab. 3389-3390 are SD60M, with full-width short hood.
5018-5020 EMD SD50 1986 All are variant SD50-3, rebuilt by CSX in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Surface Transportation Board, GENESEE & WYOMING INC.--CONTROL EXEMPTION--COLUMBUS AND GREENVILLE RAILWAY COMPANY, THE CHATTOOGA AND CHICKAMAUGA RAILWAY COMPANY, AND LUXAPALILA VALLEY RAILROAD, INC., May 15, 2008
  2. ^ Railway Age (2006). "Railway Age Announces Short Line and Regional Railroads of the Year". Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2006-08-14.
  3. ^ "Buffalo & Pittsburgh Roster". www.thedieselshop.us. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-31.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Red River Valley and Western Railroad
Regional Railroad of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Florida East Coast Railway