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Now after a year or so , we have quite the variety from Norfolk & Southern in the Old East/West Erie Line to Buffalo to the CSX Main From Buffalo to Selkirk.
Some great short lines including NYS&W From Binghamton to Syracuse. They usually have a daily train as does the Finger Lakes Railway from Geneva to Solvay. Best places? That answer depends on how adventuresome and familiar you are with the area. Also patience. Instant gratification is best accomplished on the CSX Main Line / ex NYC Main. I happen to prefer the Rochester Sub & Mohawk Sub. BUT due to time constraints usually end up rail fanning the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision. Two spots are a "sure thing", really they are the two ends of the DeWitt CSX Rail yard. OF the two ends, Minoa is the best. And there is a Pizza place right there. And an over the track cross walk. I've posted video from there several times in the "Video" section, I'll repost one here I guess for a visual reference. But ALL along that CSX main there are both historical places to visit plus good rail fan opportunities. :) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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