A summer Buffalo flashback, to warm you all. This image and my attempted visit to Concrete Central still amuses me. CSX is notorious for harassing trespassers in Buffalo’s first ward, and for good reason—they own an amazing spiderweb of railroad routes that blanket areas near the Buffalo River, and some of their property can be fairly unsafe. In an attempt to prevent trespassing onto this bridge CSX has installed video monitors and speakers. When an intruder appears, they blast audio warnings over the loudspeakers. Whether the warnings are prerecorded, and if they’re triggered simply by movement or if trespassers are indeed monitored live are up for debate. Regardless, hearing the warning over and over had me both laughing and retreating, so I suppose the system works!
So, a little Buffalove today.
I set out to do some exploring of Buffalo’s behemoth grain elevator, Concrete Central, and quickly found I was outmatched. When I wasn’t setting off my car alarm, I was setting off security alarms on the railroad bridge leading to the elevator. And it appeared there were security cameras…so, next time.
However, I did manage to capture some amazing images. I’ll be posting after I finish processing a few.
The photo was taken at Smith Street Park along the Buffalo River; the railroad bridge I attempted to cross in the background to the right and Concrete Central poking out of the trees on the left.