INSET: CENTRAL BUFFALO
INSET: DOWNTOWN BUFFALO
INSET: BUFFALO AND AREA (WITH ONLY INTERURBANS SHOWING)
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DISCONTINUATION DATES OF STREETCAR TRACKS BETWEEN OCT. 1935 AND 1 JULY 1950 (affected route numbers in parentheses).
- 1936-1938: Grant St. (3); Niagara St. (5); Smith St. (14); Elmwood Av. (20)
- 1941 Apr. 19: William St. (1); Jefferson Av. (18)
- 1941 Sept.: Seneca St. (15, earlier also 14); Elk St. - Abbot Rd. - S. Park Av. - Ridge Rd. (16)
- 1947 Feb. 6: E Utica St. - French St. - E Ferry St. (12)
- 1948 Feb. 20: Clinton St. (2); Sycamore St. (6)
- 1950 June 19: Main (8,9); Parkside - Parkside Av. - Virgil Av. (9); E Ferry St. - Grider St. - Kensington Av. - Bailey Av. (13)
- 1950 July 1: Broadway (4); Fillmore Av. - Hertel Av. (23); Genesee St. (24)
BUFFALO STREETCAR ROUTES
Operator: International Railway Company (IRC)
|1||William||Ellicot St. - William St. - William St. Stn.|
|2||Clinton||Ellicot St. - Clinton St. [back: Eagle St.] - Clinton St. - City Line|
|3||Grant||Shelton Square - Niagara St. - Franklin St. - Chippewa St. - West Av. [back: Plymouth Av.] - Grant St. - Skillen St. - Vulcan St.|
|4||Broadway||N Division St. - Washington St. - Broadway|
|5||Niagara||Shelton Square - Niagara St. - Riverside Pk.|
|6||Sycamore||N Division St. - Washington St. - Sycamore St. - Walden Av. - City Line|
|8||Main||Ohio St. - Main St. - University of Buffalo|
|9||Kenmore||Ohio St. - Main St. - Parkside Av. - Virgil Av. - Kenmore Av.|
|12||East Utica||Exchange St. - Main St. - E Utica St. - French St. - E Ferry St. - Bailey Av.|
|13||Kensington||Shelton Square - Main St. - E Ferry St. - Grider St. - Kensington Av. - Bailey Av.|
|14||Abbott Road||Washington St. - Seneca St. - Smith St. - Abbot Rd. - Woodside Av.|
|15||Seneca||Washington St. - Seneca St. - City Line|
|16||South Park||Seneca St. - Washington St. - Elk St. - Abbot Rd. - S. Park Av. - Ridge Rd.|
|18||Jefferson||Main St. - Jefferson Av. - Seneca St.|
|20||Elmwood||Exchange St. - Seneca St. - Franklin St. - Chippewa St. - Elmwood Av. - Kenmore Av.|
|23||Fillmore/Hertel||Abbot Rd. - Smith St. - Fillmore Av. - Main St. - Hertel Av. - Niagara St.|
|24||Genesee||N Division St. - Washington St. - Genesee St. - Pine Hill|
Operator: International Railway Company (IRC)
|F||Buffalo-Niagara Falls High Speed Line||Ohio St. - Main St. - ROW - Tonawanda - Wheatfield - Niagara Falls (NY)|
|L||Buffalo, Lockport and Olcott Beach Railway||Exchange St. - Main St. - ROW - Tonawanda - Lockport - Newfane - Olcott|
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcar network: ? km.
- Interurbans: ? km.
- Streetcars (traditional): (horse-powered) 1860 - ; (electric) 1888 - 1 July 1950.
- Interurbans: 1895 - 20 Aug. 1937.
- Modern light rail: 9 Oct. 1984 - today.
- Streetcars & interurbans: 1435 mm.
- Bregger, D.D. Buffalo's historic streetcars and buses. Charleston (SC): Arcadia, 2008.
- Sellin, M.V. "Light rapid transit in Buffalo" Modern Tramway & Light Rail Transit, July 1985 (48: 571), p.228-231.
- Taplin, M.R. Tramways of North America, including rapid transit [Tramway Handbooks No.4] Hassocks (West Sussex, England): Light Rail Transit Association, 1981.
- Buffalo Metro Rail
- International Railway (New York–Ontario)
- Interurban railways (on the Chicago Transit & Railfan site)
- List of routes of City of Buffalo streetcars
- International Railway Company - Buffalo Streetcar and Bus Guide, Oct. 1935
- NFTA Metro
- Niagara Falls Info: Niagara Falls, USA Streetcars
- OpenStreetMap - Relation: Buffalo-Niagara Falls High-Speed Line (1403975)
Special thanks to Russell Powers from Denver CO for information on the history of the Buffalo system.
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