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26-SEP-2006 Karl R. Josker


The Lansdowne was completed in 1884, and served as a rail ferry between Detroit and Windsor until 1956. It was last used as a restaurant off Detroit in the 1980's. Since then it has been stripped down to structural members, two rail cars added, and it is hoped that it will be a restaurant again. For a number of years, it sat in Erie, PA awaiting completion as a restaurant, however those plans fell through. It now sits on the Buffalo River in Buffalo, awaiting new plans.

The two railcars appear to be the famous Skytop Lounge cars from the legendary Hiawatha Train of the Milwaukee Road Railroad, which provided high speed passenger service between Chicago and Minneapolis from the 1930's through the early 1970's.

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james 13-Dec-2008 16:19
when this was in erie one winter she sunk. and they pumped her back up
Jim 26-Aug-2008 01:06
This boat has been cut up and scrapped by the orders of Buffalo Mayor Byron ERKLE He claims it was an eyesore.
Cindy27-Sep-2006 19:09
And being from Buffalo, I say it might become a restaurant say in the year 2200?? I have not seen this in the river. I do see you took this shot yesterday, were you by any chance by the water for that fabulous sunset?