The Salamanca Rail Museum was Built in 1912 by the Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad, B.R.&.P) as a passenger station in downtown Salamanca on Main Street. This station was built for passengers in the down town area of Salamanca so they wouldn’t have to travel as far to get to the East Salamanca Station on the Eastern end of the city. The B.R.&.P. was bought out by the Baltimore and Ohio (B.&.O) in 1928. The short line between the two stations was kept open through the years of passenger service, until services were ended in 1956 as the passenger service came to an end. The Station was then closed up shortly after. In 1980 the station was then re-opened after standing still in time for over 20 years, and is now open to the public as a museum displaying the three major railroads that came the the city of Salamanca, The B&O/BR&P, The Erie railroad, and the Pennsylvania railroad along with many other artifacts that members and guests have donated to the museum over time from diffrent railroads around the area and those of which came through the city. These artifacts range from paper work of those who worked for the railroads, to Bagage Carts and a Track Speeder. All of which are on display at our Museum.
Our Museum also has on display several Rail Cars that are open to the public for viewing, as we have a wooden platform between these cars for easier access to view. These cars consist of two Box cars, three Cabooses, and one Maint. of way box car. These three cabooses are from the railroads Pittsburgh and West Virginia, the Baltimore and Ohio, and The Pennsylvania railroads. The Maint. of Way Box car is from the Erie Railroad, and our two box cars are from The Penn Central railroad and the Erie Lackawanna railroad.
Our Pittsburgh and West Virginia caboose has a working coal stove that we fire up on weekends on cold days for guests to see it in working condition as a member of our staff is there to provide a tour through our cars.
Our Museum is free to the public so there is no charge to come visit! So please bring your family and friends and come join us for fantastic day!
Our Museum is Handicap accessable, and we also provide tours to groups with a prior phone call!