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BUFFALO CREEK & GAULEY RR
BUFFALO CREEK & GAULEY RR

"Keeping the Memory Alive"
The BC&G was an 18.6 mile long coal-hauling shortline that operated in central West VIrginia in its original form from 1904 through 1965.  It has been reincarnated on several occassions since.  It was a fascinating railroad and an ideal railroad for modeling.  This website represents the compilation of all the information gathered over a period of nearly 30 years, information that was gathered to aid in the construction of an "S" gauge model railroad depicting the BC&G as it appeared in the late 1950s.

The information on this website will be of value to those with an interest in the BC&G, logging lines and Appalachian shortlines in general, but it's particularly aimed at those interested in modeling the BC&G and the logging railroad of the Elk River Coal & Lumber Company.

Over the past 45+ years I have been collecting information about the BC&G and the logging line of its parent ERC&L Co. to assist me in creating a model railroad representing the lines as they appeared in the late 1950's.  I have discovered that there are others, including other model railroaders,  and  former employees of the ERC&L Co. who are also in possession of historical information about the BC&G and who like me, are concerned that if it is not collected in one spot will soon be lost.

The purpose of this site is to create a single collection point for information about the BC&G and the ERC&L, particularly previously unpublished information.  This site, in fact, contains a significant number of new photos, drawings and stories about the railroad that have not previously been in the public domain. Collectively the information presented here will allow modelers to construct and operate accurate layouts of this fascinating railroad.   Some of the contributors are named below.

The site is a living document, so If you have comments, questions or information to add to this collection, please go to the CONTACT ME page.  I'd love to hear from you! 



If you have questions or comments about this site, or information or photos to add to it, I'd love to hear from you.  Please click here..............................
CONTRIBUTORS

Connie Acree has identified the crewmemembers in the original photo (above left) taken on February 27,1965, the last day of operations.
L to R: Ralph Acree (Connie's dad), Jobe Young, Ab Wilson (Connie's great uncle), Carsel Hamrick, Moon Mullins and Sammy Burkhammer. The fellow on the far right is unknown.
Climax #2 Derelict At Swandale
John Phillips Photo - 1958
On November 4, 1995 an event was held at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC commorating the 30th anniversary of BC&G Engine #4's final run from Swandale (photo near right).  Engine #4 was at the NCTM in tourist service lettered as Southern #604.  For the reunion, she was restored to her BC&G livery and several hundred BC&G faithful enjoyed seeing the engine in service again.  The photo on the far right was taken that weekend with members of the organizing effort poised to duplicate the famous photo on the left taken 30 years earlier.  Amazingly, both photos were taken by the same photographer, Larry Fellure.  In the reproduction photo, Bob Withers is second from left, Frank Criswell third from left and Brooks Stover is at the far right.  It was a weekend all in attendance will long remember!
BC&G 1963-era Model Railroad
PROTOTYPE INFORMATION
For the names of the many ERC&L residents and railfans who have contributed information and photos to the site, see the ABOUT THIS SITE page.
BC&G #4 Underway At Spencer
November 1995
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12/1/20 - Mark Metz has provided several nice photos from the 1963-64 time period.  The first has been added to the lower right of the montage above on this page.  More will follow.  Thanks, Mark!

11/29/20 - I have given the website a bit of a face lift.  I've reworked the graphics on this home page and on the pages relating to the new layout and added several new photos while as was at it.  The New LayoutDundon, and Swandale pages have been updated so far.  But stay tuned as new images for Lilly Fork and Cressmont will be posted soon.

1/15/20 - Bryan Small provided an interesting photo taken early in the Majestic Mining era showing a EMD switcher not previously known to have been leased and ex-B&O caboose #1922 in it's original paint (about 2/3 down the page).  Bryan also provide a great image of the Cressmont dairy and barn (about 1/2 down the page).

10/3/20 - An article on the scenery techniques used on the new layout appears in te November 2020 issue of MODEL RAILROADING magazine.

3/22/20 - A track plan for Frank Criswell's S layout has been posted, along with a few additional photos.

3/17/20 - I have posted the only photo I've seen of B&O Baldwin #9271, one of the engines Majestic Mining leased.

3/13/20 - Frank Criswell is making good progress on his S scale BC&G layout.  New pictures have been posted.

1/27/20 - Mr. JC Sirk provided three really special photos, one of ERC&L Climax #2 in 1926, and two of Climax #3 in 1926 when she was new and first arrived on the ERC&L property at Swandale.  The images are from the collection of his mother Brenda Connor Sirk.









WHAT'S NEW on the SITE ?
Click on the highlighted phrases to connect to the pages with new information then look for the         with the date corresponding to the posting. 
HOMEBROOKS' 1958-era  LayoutFRANK CRISWELLPHIL BONZONOTHER

Welcome to the BC&G!
Hosted by Brooks Stover 
The BUFFALO CREEK & GAULEY in COLOR
By Bob Withers and R. Brooks Stover
Published by Morning Sun Books

ISBN 1-58248-342-6
The book "The BC&G in COLOR" is published by Morning Sun Books.  It is available at book retailers and directly from their website, www.morningsunbooks.com.  For more information go to REFERENCES - Books.

Frank Fieler 12-30-63
The Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR
The 'odometer' has rolled over.  Add 100,000 to this number!
David Marquis
John Phillips 10-58
Brooks Stover
I have recently discovered two wonderful 'caches' of BC&G photos that I encourage all BC&G fans to check out.  Both BILL GORDON and JOSEPH PETRIC have captured the essence of the BC&G in wonderful photos.  Be sure and check these out.  And if YOU have photos of the BC&G or ERC&L that you'd like to share, be sure and contact me.

JOSEPH PETRIC PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjpetric/with/31627362371/

WILLIAM GORDON PHOTOS of BC&G
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130647200@N05/sets/72157670185276866

WILLIAM GORDON PHOTOS of ERC&L
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130647200@N05/albums/72157672679669151
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BC&G & ERC&L PHOTO LINKS
 The industrious folks in Clay, WV have made it possible to once again ride the rails of the BC&G....on pedal-powered 'Rail Riders".  
                                                                                         
For reservations call: 304-618-7992
For more information and photos go to:
to https://www.facebook.com/pg/CCBDA/photos/?ref=page_internal and
https://www.facebook.com/CCBDA/
RIDE THE BC&G!!
Click to enlarge these images...
LOOKS LIKE FUN!!
This photo shows BC&G #13 running tender first across the Sand Fork Bridge on Brooks' new S scale model railroad representing the BC&G and ERC&L railroads as they were in the final years of 1963-68 and during the Majestic Mining years of the 70s.  The sportsman is barely disturbed as the train of wood chips and finished lumber rolls tender first toward Dundon and the B&O interchange.  For the full story of the new compact layout click here.  If you enjoy this website, please post to comment on the Guest Book (below).  Thanks!
UPDATED: December 1, 2020
HOMELAYOUT PLANDundonCressmontSwandaleLilly ForkModeling In 'S'Articles

Other BC&G Model Railroads
My Other Hobby
BC&G #4 crossing the Sand Fork Bridge is featured on the cover of the November 2020 issue of MODEL RAILROADER.  Inside is an article about scenery construction.
Bob Slavy
Mark Metz
BC&G i#14 at Swandale is featured on the January 2021 issue of MODEL RAILROADER!  Inside is an article about how to improve your layout photography.