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 30 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this site is to create a single collection point for information about the BC&G and the ELR&C, particularly previously unpublished information.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!
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
Sign and View GUEST BOOK Here !
If you are a regular visitor to this site (once per month or more) I'd love to have you post a comment on the GUEST BOOK, or send me an email (HERE), and let me know how you find the site useful or interesting. 10/5 - I've added a model photo to the top of the home page, giving the site a bit of a new look. I've also posted a couple of new images of the layout on the Dundon page. Enjoy! 8/31 - I have started to build the SWANDALE page for the new layout. I've posted some 'inspiration photos' and a couple that show the status of construction...track will soon be laid. 6/2 - Progress continues on the Dundon scene on the new layout. I've rearranged the Dundon page grouping all the 'inspiration' photos followed by layout photos, including an overview of the scene. 4/24 - I have started separate pages for each town on the new layout. An in-progress image of the Dundon scene has been posted on the new "Dundon" page. Links to the new pages are in the navigation bar and on the track plan drawing. 4/23 - Doug Andre has provide an exciting update on the restoration of #4 by John Smith and the Durbin & Green Brier Railway. The post is on the very bottom of the page. 4/15 - I posted two prototype photos that were the basis for the arrangement of the Dundon scene on the new layout. 4/14 - Added a few images showing the process I've selected for building land forms on the new layout.
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 photo on the right was taken on April 25, 2010 and the occassion was the first time the three individuals who are the driving forces behind this website were together in one place. We are standing in front of Cressmont on my "S" scale layout of the BC&G. Phil and Frank traveled to the Detroit area to participate in an Operations Special Interest Group (OpSIG) weekend. On the left is Phil Bonzon, HO modeler of the BC&G and Master Model Railroader #427. On the right is Frank Criswell, "S" modeler of the BC&G. That's me, Brooks Stover, in the middle. For photos of Phil's layout, CLICK HERE. For photos of my layout, CLICK HERE. For photos of Frank's layout, CLICK HERE.
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.
BC&G #4 has been purchased by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad for restoration and operation in West Virginia!
The Buffalo Creek & Gauley RR
The 'odometer' has rolled over. Add 100,000 to this number!
Use the links above to search on information about the prototype Buffalo Creek & Gauley
Use the links above to search on information about the model railroads by Brooks Stover, Phil Bonzon and others
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 a portion of the Dundon scene from Brooks' new S scale model railroad representing the BC&G as it was in the final years of 1963-65 and during the Majestic Mining years of the 70s. Through the generous use of 'modeler's license' the Dundon store remains open even though the real store closed in 1958. Here we see BC&G #13 switching cars after having brought loads of finished lumber from Swandale for interchange with the B&O. For the full story of the new compact layout, click here.