Draw in Buffalo, NY
(Control Point) Draw is busy spot both now and back in the Conrail days.
The double track line across the draw bridge was actually part of the
Buffalo Creek terminal railroad once owned by the former NYC and then
absorbed into Conrail. The former NYC double track mainline
through town took a different alignment, now known as the "Compromise"
but was single tracked in the late 80s. The Compromise is now
pretty much used as a relief valve when CP Draw gets plugged up, which
happens quite frequently. The former Nickel Plate line, nee NW and
now Norfolk Southern also uses the track across CP Draw to access their
Buffalo Jct. yard just east of the bridge. The NKP had their own
drawbridge across the Buffalo River, which can be seen locked in the
open position to the left of the CP Draw interlocking. After
Conrail decided to use the Buffalo Creek track as their main track
through town and share the drawbridge with the NW, the NW
abandoned their drawbridge and it was welded in the open position and
still that way to this day.