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Old 04-21-2015, 10:22 AM   #31
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When you compare views like this, it's hard to see how this place can avoid the wrecking ball.

The waiting room then...



...and now.



A hallway in the tower then...



...and now.

Man, that is so sad!! We Americans are really lousy at preserving our history. Despite the damage from WWII, Europe is replete with historic buildings. Wish we'd learn how to do it their way........
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:34 PM   #32
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Can you tell us what they're going to do with it?...shops, restaurant, something else?
I am not sure if they know for sure what it will end up. I live in Florida so I do not get much information on what is going on with it.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:38 PM   #33
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Here is one in Thomasville , Ga. USA
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/W...Thomasville_GA
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:03 PM   #34
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How about a taste of the Old West? Here is a station not that far from where I live. The Keeler Depot in Keeler, California, was the end of the line for the Carson & Colorado Railway (which never actually reached either Carson City, Nevada, or the Colorado River). The narrow gauge railway was later bought by Southern Pacific. The Keeler Depot was built in 1886, and the last train departed in 1960 when the line was shut down. Despite 60+ residents, Keeler is often called a ghost town and has several picturesque abandoned buildings to reinforce the image. Perhaps the best known of these is the train depot.

You can find plenty of shots in its abandoned state online. How it looked when still in operation was more of a challenge...



How it looks today...





I've seen references to the depot being used as a house after Southern Pacific closed the line, but it's apparently been abandoned for many years now. The two-story living quarters with the odd "balcony" hanging off apparently dates to a 1917 addition.



The building has held up awfully well for being 130 years old, but I'm not sure that balcony will make it to 2017!

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Old 04-23-2015, 09:56 AM   #35
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Yet another crying shame, that it's been let go so long. It'd be nice if it's old owners would step up and restore it to something useful. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:05 AM   #36
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Keeler is pretty off the beaten path, so it's hard to see how restoring the building would be financially viable. The town is far enough out there that it's not likely to be much of a tourist destination, for example.

Another point along the Carson & Colorado Railroad is still hanging on though. When the line was shut down in 1960, the other end was in a town called Laws. The Laws depot (which looks a lot like the one in Keeler) is even older--built in 1883--and is home to a museum for the old narrow gauge railroad. You can read more about it here:

http://www.lawsmuseum.org/



They also have a nice collection of old locomotives and rolling stock. Laws is close to Bishop, a major ski resort, so it has an easier time drawing in tourists to keep the money flowing than Keeler likely would.

I also stumbled upon this page. One of the towns along the line in between Keeler and Laws was Independence, CA. A group there is apparently restoring one of the old steam locomotives Southern Pacific used to operate.

http://www.facebook.com/CCRW18

They have some neat pictures of the repair process, which are kinda reminiscent of tjcruiser's work on old Lionels!
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:35 AM   #37
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Wow ... that's an amazing pic / building / scene. Looks like a view through a wormhole to 100 years ago!

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Old 09-27-2015, 09:46 AM   #38
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Here is an update on the Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Apparently the owner is required to replace over 1,000 windows in the building by year's end. Certainly makes the place look nicer, but its long-term future remains unclear.

The video in this article gives a good overview of the recent work.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detr...eing-installed
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:04 PM   #39
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Seattle stations

Seattle is a bit unusual, in that it has two large beautiful railroad passenger stations, right across the street from each other. Even more unusual,in a good way, is that both are still standing, and preserved in excellent condition. One, King St. Station, is still in use by Amtrak. It is getting a major restoration of its interior.
The other, Seattle Union Station, has already been fully restored inside. The former Union Pacific, and Milwaukee Road tracks have been taken up and a new green glass office building built where the tracks were.
The station building itself though, is open to the public, free of charge. Union Station is also rented out as a meeting hall for private events. What a location for a train show!(hint, hint!)
I have been fortunate enough to visit both stations, and have built a near N scale model of Union Station,(unfinished) as I model part of the Milwaukee Road, set in the Seattle area. The layout is in my garage here in San Diego.
If you have the chance visit these grand old structures, built in the "Guilded age". (Union Station was built one year before RMS Titanic set out on its one, and only, half a voyage.)
We are not likely to see such structures again.

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Luebeck - Schlutup old RR Station built in 1874 - RR Line opened 1876 - RR Line closed in 1892 because the electric Tram made passenger service inefficient for the RR.
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