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Buffalo and South-Western Despatch Line
S Scale - 40' composite steel-with-wood-side reefer


TRUE Limited Editions for the Serious Collector - SM

Buffalo and South-Western Despatch Line (Erie Railroad) S Scale - 40' composite steel-with-wood-side reefer.

Production Model: Buffalo and South-Western Despatch Line (Erie Railroad) in S scale with standard S scale trucks and couplers.

Another Collectible formerly available from

Buffalo Creek Graphics


Buffalo and South-Western Despatch Line (Erie Railroad)

S Scale, 40' Composite Steel-with-wood-side Reefer

  • TRUE Limited Edition: Only 19 sets = 38 cars produced.
  • Project date: 1-2000.
  • Sold out -- no longer available.
  • Road numbers issued 122520, 122523.
  • Accurately modeled in 1:64 S Scale.
  • Custom decorated on Crown carbodies for Buffalo Creek Graphics.
  • Prototypically accurate lettering and graphics.
  • Yellow car body with black lettering.
  • Red roof and ends with white lettering.
  • Black, red, and white Erie diamond herald with FAST SERVICE slogan.
  • ACF builder logo.
  • TrainResource.com Historical Notes. Also, see below.



Because the Erie Railroad, in its drive across the southern tier of New York State, managed to miss every major population center, it was necessary to rely on a network of branches to reach key cities. So, in 1880, the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad (NYLE&W) leased the Buffalo and South-Western Railroad (B&S-W), in order to gain access to what, at that time, was the second largest railroad center in the United States, and an important industrial city: Buffalo.

Running in an easterly direction from Jamestown, the B&S-W paralleled the Atlantic & Great Western to Waterboro, where it swung to the north towards Buffalo via Dayton, NY, (passing under the original NYLE&W main from Salamanca to Dunkirk) Gowanda and Blasdell. At Blasdell, the location of GB "tower", the lines of both the Pennsylvania (PRR) and New York, Chicago & St. Louis (NKP) railroads were crossed. Buffalo was finally accessed via trackage rights over the Buffalo Creek Railway.

Thus, the B&S-W gave the NYLE&W (and later the Erie and Erie-Lackawanna, E-L) a direct route into Buffalo for its trains coming from Chicago and other mid-western points.

The B&S-W was famous for having the steepest grade and shortest tunnel on the later day Erie. The grade, at 2.5%, extended from Gowanda, southward to Dayton (OM tower). Near the summit of this grade, it passed through a tunnel that pierced a large earthen fill which carried the NYLE&W's Salamanca-Dunkirk line over the top of the B&S-W line.

One could easily imagine Buffalo and SouthWestern Despatch Line cars carrying refrigerated products from Buffalo along this line.

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