Photo O' The Day, 7/7/17

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Photo O' The Day, 7/7/17
Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:30 AM

Holy smoke, I know exactly where that is!  Glassboro NJ, I went to college there in the early 70's.  By 1975 the only thing left in that photo was the train station on the right.  It was abandoned, but oddly enough unlocked, you could walk right into it, no "No Tresspassing" signs or anything.  Even more odd, except for being empty of any railroad equipment or furniture, it was unvandalized and completely intact.  There were a few hazardous material warning placards in a closet I souvenired for dorm room decorations. 

Goes without saying when I was there the PRSL was long gone, as was the passenger service.  The line was still active for freight use by the Winchester and Western, and I believe it still is today.

I have no idea if the station's still there 40 years later.  The last time we went through Glassboro was eight or nine years ago and the campus was almost totally changed, instead of Glassboro State College it's now Rowan University.  The wife and I felt like total strangers to the place.  We won't be going back, it's not the college and town we knew.

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Posted by Deggesty on Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:41 AM

Firelock, I have some understanding of your feelings about your college. The campus of my college is changed immensely from what it was when I was a student. Only two people who were there when I was  a student are still there--my history professor and a lady who maintained the women's dormitory--and rose to be a vice president. Four buildings thaat I knew are still there--but only the chapel still has the same purpose.

Next year, it will be sixty years since my class graduated; I hope to attend the alumni gathering, but I do not expect to go back after that meeting.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, July 09, 2017 11:51 AM

Wow Johnny, those folks must be in their 90's by now!

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Posted by Deggesty on Sunday, July 09, 2017 1:31 PM

Firelock76

Wow Johnny, those folks must be in their 90's by now!

Wayne

 

Wayne, they may be. I never talked with the janitress back then, but only saw her as she walked across the campus. A few years ago, I asked her if the college had violated child labor laws when she ws hired, and she told me that she was then a grown woman with children.

Incidentally, the history professor is also interested in trains, and we had some discussions on that topic--as well on history.

Johnny

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