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this site is to create a single collection point for information about the BC&G and the ERC&L, particularly previously unpublished information.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..............................
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
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
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You can send me an email (HERE) and let me know if you find the site useful or interesting. 9/17/20 - I have begun work on the final scenery around Cressmont and have posted a couple of 'in process' photos of the area. IMPORTANT NOTE: It costs more than $250/year to maintain this site. If you are interested contributing to keep this site open on the internet, please contact me at email@example.com. 6/8/20 - I updated the track plan for the new layout to correctly show the configuration of the logging scene at Starcher. 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. 2/11/20 - I have started to add photos to the Lilly Fork page. A few photos of the status of the construction and the new track plan have been posted. 1/26/20 - I have made good progress on the Swandale scene and have posted several photos including ones showing the boarding house, engine house, sawmill and company store. Let me know what think by posting comments in the GUEST BOOK.
1/19/20 - I posted the image at the top of this page showing the newly completed Swandale sawmill scene. All three of the logging locomotives are in town at the same time! Next comes finishing the planing mill visible as a cardstock mockup in the distance. I hope to post more images of Swandale shortly. Please leave a message on the guest book if you're still enjoying this site. I need to make some decisions about its future soon.
9/25 - Wayne Laepple reports that a cosmetic restoration of Motor "A" is underway at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania!
9/25 - A special thanks goes out to Mr. LEONARD D. BROWN for providing the financial support to maintain this website for the year 2020. From BC&G fans around the world, thanks Leonard! It is generous contributions like yours that allow this site to remain available on the internet.
6/13 - I have posted photos and information about an amazing model of BC&G #13 built by Glenn Holland that is made from LEGO blocks. The model is fully detailed and equipped with a motor to run on LEGO track. It even has sound. 3/7 - An article on how I modeled the BC&G's Dundon Shops has been published in the March/April 2019 issue of Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. 2/24 - I posted an overview of the finished Dundon scene highlighting all the structures and details that are based on the prototype. 2/22 - Steve Canonico provided a unique Courtesy Pass published by the BC&G RR after the sale to Clinchfield in 1958. It is a wonderful piece of late BC&G history. The pass is at the very bottom of the page. 2/21 - I revised and updated the Modeling In S page to include a number of new models including Climax E4, Whitcomb #20, Caboose C-2.
Click on the highlighted phrases to connect to the pages with new information then look for the with the date corresponding to the posting.
The BUFFALO CREEK & GAULEY in COLOR
By Bob Withers and R. Brooks Stover
Published by Morning Sun Books
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.
The Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR
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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
WILLIAM GORDON PHOTOS of BC&G
WILLIAM GORDON PHOTOS of ERC&L
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BC&G & ERC&L PHOTO LINKS
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This is a photo of the Swandale sawmill recently completed and installed 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. All three of the ERC&L's locomotives, two Climax and the Plymouth diesel were captured going about the work of the day. 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: September 17, 2020
Other BC&G Model Railroads
SPECIAL THANKS - A special thanks goes out to Mr. LEONARD D. BROWN for providing the financial support to maintain this website for the year 2020. From BC&G fans around the world, thanks Leonard! It is generous contributions like yours that allow this site to remain available on the internet.
MOTOR "A" RESTORATION UPDATE!