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Nobody does "abandoned" better than Detroit, Michigan.



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

 

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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.:p


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/History_of_the_London_Underground

If that is brief I would like to see the long version.:D
 

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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.

Copy and pastes,
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/building/michigan-central-station/

For those who hate to read, there are a lot of pictures here, :p
http://www.historicdetroit.org/galleries/michigan-central-station-old-photos/
 

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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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Reading big ed's mind is a scary idea! :eek:
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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Can you tell us what they're going to do with it?...shops, restaurant, something else?
 

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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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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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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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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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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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