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Riding my “speeder”  with Family in Eden NY.  

   The Gowanda & Buffalo Model Rail Road Club

OPEN: 12 – 4 PM Every 2nd Sunday – November thru April

The Gowanda & Buffalo Model Rail Road Club
OPEN: 12 – 4 PM – Every 2nd Sunday – November thru April
Operation – maintenance – meetings – Fridays 8 pm

Also on Face Book Gowanda & Buffalo Model Railroad Club!
 and on Face Book @ caryl ashley youngers
for information contact Caryl   716-380-9187

Basement – Building #73 –
On the Grounds of the Collins/Gowanda Correctional Facilities
14267 Taylor Hollow Road – Collins, New York 14034
Across the street from the new water tower!
Access to the display area is by stairs only.
Now with two operating Model Railroad Layouts!

 The G&B is a 33 by 50 foot HO gauge railroad. It was originally started in 196l by Doctor Zecker as an occupational therapy project for patients at the former Gowanda Psychiatric Hospital. This local landmark has been maintained by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation of this creativity and local railroad history. Highlights include a 52-inch long toothpick suspension bridge that was originally built by a former patient; a large mountainous region with a cogwheel incline railroad serving a mountain top resort; an oil refinery, a steel plant on the water front in “Buffalo” and a village scene of “Gowanda”.   Other areas include Collins, Lawtons, Eden, Hamburg and Buffalo Creek Junction.  Current construction projects include scenery, mining operations, a new engine facility with roundhouse and turntable. The rebuilding of the 30-foot long Collins Yard is near complete!  There are over 115 switches, 3 large yards, 600 foot of mainline track, an operational signal system and 10 “block control” panels on the Gowanda & Buffalo Railroad.             

 The new N gauge layout is operating “under construction”.  Some of the modules are scenic others are bare.  You can see the many stages of the construction and ask the builders the “how’s and why’s” we all have when we read about those “Dream Layouts”. Yet un-named it is part permanent and part standardized “N-trak Modular” allowing us to combine it with other modules or to stand alone at model railroad shows.  This is a walk around operation from the mountains to the sea on three main lines and a mountain line; with interchange, a wye, a main yard, many passing sidings and industrial spurs.

Admission is FREE.
Donations are appreciated.
Access to the display area is by stairs only.  

Membership is open

Directions:  – watch for signs and the new water tower – check on Buffalo/Hamburg – Rt. 62 South to right on Taylor Hollow Road (Just past Lawtons) Springville – Rt.39 West to Rt. 62 South to Left on Rt. 62 South to Gowanda Corrections, Turn right on Main prison road to right on Taylor Hollow Road. Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Irving – Rt. 438 East to left on Taylor Hollow Road. South of Gowanda – Rt. 62 North to Rt. 438 to Taylor Hollow Road (Right on Taylor Hollow)

My Model Railroad 


“The Quaker Road”




Pond on my “Quaker Road”

  Cross Country Skiing

The Erie Railroad tracks north of Cattaraugus, NY