Jon Percy’s Buffalo and Pittsburgh
The B&P is the third railroad formed by Genesee & Wyoming Inc in the western New York and Pennsylvania region. It was created in 1988 from ex-CSX/B&O/Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh track running from Buffalo NY to New Castle PA .
The upper level of the layout features the 272' mainline from Buffalo to Butler PA and includes seven major switching areas. The lower level is the 109' Northern Subdivision, a branch serving three chemical plants. The layout depicts the railroad soon after startup in 1988. Crews operate a mix of second-hand and leased locomotives to switch multiple industries and yards. Low through train density and high local switching characterize operations on the B&P.
Past Prairie Rails operators with real-world experience have commented that the layout captures the feel of a typical railroad job. Operating sessions are purposeful but leisurely; with lots of time to operate prototypically.
Dave Husman and Doug Good in front of East Yard in Butler PA
Doug Good at Kittanning St. in Butler PA
Pat Hiatte working in DuBois PA (upper deck). Karns City PA site of the Penreco refinery is on lower deck.
Steve Rodie at West Yard in Butler PA
Tony Pellegrino and Carl Kempkes working the Runaround Yard at Butler PA
View of the Butler industrial park