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Old 04-17-2015, 08:52 PM   #21
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There's something wonderful about vaulted ceiling like that, huh?!?
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Old 04-18-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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Nobody does "abandoned" better than Detroit, Michigan.





Some views from what it used to be like...

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Old 04-18-2015, 05:20 PM   #23
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Those pics posted by tjcruiser and cobratrooper11 rather reminded me of the original Metrolpokitan line from Baker Street in central London.
You have to work a little and give some info here.


The first underground railway in the world started with the opening of the Metropolitan Railway between Bishops Road, Paddington and Farringdon on 10th January 1863.
Title says,

A Brief History of the London Underground System
http://www.tubeprune.com/history.html New link old one did not work I put a wiki in, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor...on_Underground

If that is brief I would like to see the long version.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:37 PM   #24
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Nobody does "abandoned" better than Detroit, Michigan.
That was the next one I was going to add here.
You must be a mind reader.
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It has a lot of history behind it.

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Nothing symbolizes Detroit’s grandiose rise and spectacular fall like Michigan Central Station. No other building exemplifies just how much the automobile gave to the city of Detroit — and how much it took away.

A celebration for the formal reopening of the waiting room was held June 20, 1975 – the closest the building ever got to an official dedication. A few months earlier, on April 16, 1975, the station was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The move would not save the terminal, but it has helped to stave off its demolition.

At 11:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 1988, Train No. 353 bound for Chicago became the last train to roll out of the venerable depot. It was just over 74 years after the first steamed in.

Mark Longton Jr. bought the terminal in December 1989, and the pistol-packing real estate developer who tried his best to keep scavengers out for more than a year, come hell or gunfire. He sought to hit the jackpot by reopening the decaying depot, which by this point had no electricity and no heat, as a casino. He envisioned a nightclub dubbed the Midnight Express — after the train that once pulled out of the station — and a hotel carved out of the office tower. But the voters wouldn’t agree to add casinos until 1996, and Longton gave up before the vote came, as he was paying thousands a month in bills.

Throughout the 1990s, Detroit’s monument to the golden age of railroads remained wide open to trespass and looting. During that time, vandals stole anything of value, such as brass fixtures, copper wiring, decorative railings along balconies and staircases, plaster rosettes from the ceiling and marble from walls and the base of columns. Those who didn’t steal found other ways to disgrace it. Nary a window is left intact out of the hundreds that once filled the monstrous building. Inside, graffiti is everywhere, with some tags nearly 15 feet tall and dozens of feet long. Paintball matches were regularly held inside its corridors, splattering neon greens and electric blues all over the yellow brick.


I just picked out a few spots in the whole story.
Read the whole sad story here (if you want),

http://www.historicdetroit.org/build...ntral-station/

For those who hate to read, there are a lot of pictures here,
http://www.historicdetroit.org/galle...on-old-photos/
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That was the next one I was going to add here.
You must be a mind reader.
Reading big ed's mind is a scary idea!
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:40 PM   #26
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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.

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Old 04-19-2015, 08:54 AM   #27
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I was going to add that one next.
I had the sites bookmarked for a few weeks.

I just need a little time to post it.
You gave me the push I needed.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:15 AM   #28
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Not as grand as the others here. This is an old P&R station in Hartford City, Indiana that is being saved.


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Old 04-21-2015, 07:16 AM   #29
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Nice! It's a beautiful building ... glad to hear it has a new lease on life.

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Can you tell us what they're going to do with it?...shops, restaurant, something else?
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