According to what little I've been able to gather, this coal tower was built during the winter of 1943-44 at the request of the Wabash Railroad. It was apparently only in service for seven years until the Wabash Railroad converted to diesel engines.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad (LVRR) was created originally to transport coal from Pennsylvania in 1846, but it soon began carrying passengers as well. To help with its growing needs, a large freight yard in Manchester, NY was constructed and opened in 1892 where the company apparently the company loaded and unloaded more than 100 freight cars per day. The yard was, at the time, was considered the largest in the world, employing over 1000 workers.
Nothing on the ground is ever as easy as it appears on Google Earth. This is a rule I keep close in mind, but sometimes my explorations like to make a point of it.
This was such a case, but was incredibly worth it. The lighting through the autumn leaves and slightly overcast skies was perfect. As I stepped inside this massive building I was instantly struck by it. Not something that I felt at the other roundhouse yesterday. Something very different. Something I was really digging!
Serving a mere 50 years, the Buffalo Central Terminal was built in 1929 by the New York Central Railroad. A single unified rail station had been proposed on this site since 1889, but it wasn't for another 40 years that it would finally happen.
I haven't found much in the way of history for this grand old workhorse. I have found out that it was built by the Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston, Ontario in 1930. It was originally numbered 144 while serving the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway but was renumbered 503 upon becoming part of the Ontario Northland Railway.
I stumbled upon this little gem entirely by accident. I was spending a relaxing, sunny day driving around, following back roads off Highway 69. At the end of one road in particular, I find this.
I've since heard that this was not the original location of the building, but rather that it had been moved here. That certainly explains why it's so far from the tracks.