GREATER ROCHESTER SHORTLINE RAILROADS
DEPEW LANCASTER & WESTERN RAILROAD
ADDRESS & PHONE: 8364 Lewiston Road, Batavia, NY 14020-1245 - 716-343-5398
OWNERSHIP: Genesee Valley Transportation, Batavia, NY
REPORTING MARK: DLWR
RADIO FREQUENCY: 160.920 - uses Falls Road tower in Albion
- Paper products
- Recycled materials
ANNUAL TRAFFIC: 1,300 cars
- Lancaster Division:
- 2.91 miles of track, 2.6 miles of trackage rights, 115 lb rail
- Lancaster Industrial Track (former DL&W) - MP 382.75 - MP 385.66 (Depew Jct with NS; interchange at Bison Yard - MP 388.00)
- Batavia Division:
- 5.05 miles of track
- Lehigh Industrial Track - former NYC Peanut - MP 48.20 - 49.00, 105 lb Dudley rail; and former LV - MP 409.2 - MP 410.7, 132 lb rail
- Lowertown Industrial Track (CSX Connecting Track) - MP 0.00 - MP 2.75
- (part connector track between CSX main and former NYC Mainline, including part of the former NYC Mainline itself), 127 lb rail; and former Attica Industrial Track, another NYC Peanut remnant - MP 49.20-50.00)
- New 1,300' runaround behind Genesee Lumber
- 4 miles of trackage rights on the CSX mainline and controlled siding between CP 402 and CP 406 - operating as CSX train Z-341 (or as BT-1)
- Batavia Division
- Genesee Lumber, Batavia (15-20 cars a year)
- Oatka Milk Production, Batavia (DLWR working to regain business)
- Graham Manufacturing, Batavia (4-6 shipments a year of high and wide loads)
- Eastern Molding, Batavia (receives plastic pellets)
- Consolidated Container, Batavia (milk jugs)
- Agway Fertilizer, Batavia
- V.F. Murphy, Batavia (beer distribution warehouse)
- Lower Town Team Track- (potatoes, feed and logs on team track off Evans St.)
- Majic Corrugated Co., Batavia (DLWR's Batavia Div. engine house is here)
- Chapin Manufacturing, Batavia (off ex-LV mainline)
- Agriculture Products Extension (APEX), Batavia (at the former LV depot site) - NEW!
- Lancaster Division
- Buffalo Distribution, Lancaster (lumber)
- Whiting Roll-up Door, Lancaster
SCHEDULE OF OPERATIONS:
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - late morning and afternoons as needed... same crew from the Falls Road
INTERCHANGE POINT & RAILROAD: Batavia Yard with CSX; and Bison Yard in Cheektowaga with Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific
LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER: Enginehouses located in Batavia and Lancaster - click on an engine # for a picture
HERITAGE / NOTES
DLWR 1800 ALCO RS-11 5/56 1800 81934 LANCASTER ex CV 3600, exx DWP 3600 The first production RS-11, in GVT white/grey paint DLWR 1801 MLW RS-18 12/59 1800 83192 BATAVIA ex LVAL 1801, exx Roberval & Saguenay, exxx CN 3127 In R&S yellow/grey DLWR 3603 ALCO RS-11 8/56 1800 81937 LANCASTER ex CV 3603, exx DWP 3603 Stored unserviceable behind enginehouse - parts unit, in CV green/white
The DLWR operates three lines, two in Batavia and one in Erie County between Lancaster and Depew (the Batavia and Lancaster divisions, respectively).
In Erie County, the DLWR operates the former Conrail Lancaster Industrial Track, now owned by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, between Lancaster and the former Bison Yard in Depew, east of Buffalo, from MP 385.4 to MP 382.75. Currently, only two online customers are being serviced. Power is an Alco RS-11 #1800 which is stored at a new enginehouse in Lancaster. The crews from the Falls Road switch this line on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
In Spring 1999, an upgrade project was completed. This line received 4000 new ties and switch timbers, and surfacing, making it a 40 MPH railroad.
- Conrail ZTS Maps and of the local Batavia tracks (now DLWR)!!!
Here are some Conrail ZTS maps from 1987 showing the DLWR's trackage in Batavia. With the exception of the Conrail mainline and controlled siding, everything else has been since transferred ot the DLWR. What these maps do not show is the siding into Majic Corrugated, where the DLWR stores their engine. Also missing from the map is a siding for a beer distribution center across the street from Majic. Both of these facilities were built after the maps were drawn, and are located just northwest of Batavia Yard on the Attica Industrial Track.
Click here to view a track diagram of the DLWR's Lancaster Division from Bob Racer's web site.
NEW: Here's another map of the DLWR in Batavia. It's a large image (600k), and shows the line in relation to current day CSX as well as abandoned lines from yesteryear.
In Batavia, the DLWR occupies the Former Conrail Attica Industrial Track running through the center of Batvia, the Batavia Yard, which is located off the Conrail Mainline controlled siding at MP 402, and the Batavia Industrial and Running Tracks (former Lehigh Valley line), located at CP 402 on the mainline. According to the ZTS maps (linked above), the DLWR in Batavia only needs to cross the Mainline at CP 402, and occupies the controlled siding to move its trains.
Work in Batavia usually starts around 11:00 am to noon by the Falls Road crew on thier off days (Tuesday and Thursday) following interchange with a CSX local out of Rochester. Radio frequency used is 160.920 MHz, and 160.800 to obtain permission from the CSX dispatcher to enter Batavia Yard, the controlled siding, and to cross over CP-402.
Locomotive power in Batavia is an MLW RS-18 #1801 still in the R&S's yellow/grey scheme. The DLRW uses an ex-CN caboose (also in GVT colors) for shoving through town and on the CSX controlled siding between CP-406, Batavia Yard and CP-402.
Spring 1999 will bring some upgrade projects to the Batavia Division with switch upgrades and tie work, along with three crossing replacements. The switch and lead to the Agway Fertilizer plant is scheduled to be rebuilt.
HISTORY: The Lancaster division is part of the former Delaware Lackawanna & Western mainline, which was not included when Conrail was formed in 1976. It was purchased by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and run by Conrail under contract until April 1988, whcn service ended. On August 1, 1989, the Depew Lancaster & Western was designated to operate the line. The Batavia divsion is former Lehigh Valley and New York Central trackage purchased from Conrail in August 1983.
CREDITS: John Stewart's railroad.net and the American Shortline Railway Guide, 5th ed. by Edward A. Lewis
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UPDATED: February 20, 2005
Copyright 2002 by Les Wilson - all rights reserved