As a former Buffalonian and annual “tourist” I am happy that my birthplace has achieved national and international recognition as a tourist destination.
What is extremely puzzling is the total absence of a rail museum with a “working” train. Have we forgotten that Buffalo was the second largest rail hub in the entire country and that we can trace Buffalo’s growth and blue collar industrial decline with the rise and fall of several key railroads?
Moreover a museum on the second floor of the DL&W complex with a spur leading to the Amtrak station and then up to Central Terminal would not only pay homage to rail’s importance but also serve as a catalyst for tapping into Canalside’s tourism and opening up the East Side to benefit from Buffalo’s growing tourism.
If the city’s founders could divert the river in order to remove a sandbar that paved a way for the Canal to terminate at Buffalo, how difficult is it really to honor Buffalo’s rail history and importance?
John J. Michalski