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Posted by SD70M-2Dude on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2:58 PM

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Dude, that's a lovely station. Did the agent and his family live upstairs?

They did originally.  I am not sure when that practice ended on CN (dates varied depending on the location), but I am sure they had moved out by the end of passenger service in 1980.

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Posted by AgentKid on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 3:07 PM

Deggesty
Did the agent and his family live upstairs?

You bet'cha.

In the accompanying link of CPR Stations, the station we lived in at Hatton, SK is listed as a "CPR Standard A2 Western". Mom used to say that the Beiseker AB Station, the next station 5 miles TT noth of Irricana, pictured was so close to how the Hatton Station looked it was hard to believe they were two different buildings

Our station at Irricana is listed as a "CPR Standard #5 Station". One thing mentioned throughout the page is "Ladies Waiting Rooms". It was soon found that pioneer women didn't need separate waiting rooms, and they were converted to "Heated Freight Rooms", which given the Canadian Prairie climate were well used.

Dad thought it was cool when during a renovation on the Irricana Station in 1958 the workers found, still in place, the glass Ticket Wicket Window and related counterweights and tracks to lift it up and down, boarded up inside the wall between the offce and the heated freight room.

Contrary to what is said on the webpage, the picture in my Avatar is a #5 Station at Heritage Park in Calgary, relocated and shortened from Shepard, AB. To appreciate the full size of both our stations look at the pictue of the Beiseker Staion in the A2 section.

There are other nits I could pick about the website, but life is short, and the author did a pretty good job overall.

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 3:20 PM

Dude, that's a lovely station. Did the agent and his family live upstairs?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 6:26 PM

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So where are we here? Ohio?

Yep.  Berea is along the Dearborn division (I think) of the old NYC main.  It's a great train watching spot, especially if you like seeing auto racks and parts cars going in both directions almost daily.

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Posted by pajrr on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:25 PM

I watch the Berea webcam daily. It is a great train watching spot.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 9:46 PM

Berea is an interesting spot.  It was the crux of NYC's Ohio operations.  It's where the Cleveland downtown and bypass routes converged, and the Chicago and St. Louis routes diverged.  Now it is the symbolic spot where the NS/CSX split of Conrail's "Water Level Route" takes place.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 12:05 PM

Now how could I forget these?  Prominent features of where I live now...

Two really magnificent structures...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Street_Station_(Richmond)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Main_Street_Station

Going in that last one is like being a time traveler, a great restoration!

And this little gem...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland_station_(Virginia)

And then there's what a local writer called "...that thing out on Staples Mill Road..."  included just for general interest.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Staples_Mill_Road_station

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:14 PM

Firelock76
...that thing out on Staples Mill Road

Yeah.  Looks like it was designed by the same guy who did Denny's restaurants.

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:49 PM

Penny Trains

 

 
Firelock76
...that thing out on Staples Mill Road

 

Yeah.  Looks like it was designed by the same guy who did Denny's restaurants.

 

Well, it does not look much like a station for a state capital--but it is far superior to what is passed off as the Salt Lake City station. At one time, there was a promise that after St. Louis had a better station than what looked like two or three trailers put together there would be a decent-looking station built here. There has been no change since the station was moved from the baggage room of the Union Station, which was better than the current Amshack.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:59 PM

Well, there's one good thing about the Staples Mill station.  See that photo of the loading platform area?  When I'm picking up someone coming to visit us, usually Shotgun Charlie, it's a nice place to sit with a big container of coffee and a smoke, especially if there's a slight chill in the air, and watch the trains roll by. 

On a good afternoon I might catch an Amtrak train and maybe a freight or two.

The Ashland station's a much better place to watch trains, though.  Comfy seats at the station, sometimes other railfans to shoot the breeze with, plenty of places to get a snack or two, the RF&P mini-museum in the station is fascinating, AND there's a train store in town about two blocks south, "Tiny Tim's Trains and Toys."

www.trainandtoystore.com

OK, I'm plugging 'em, but they advertise in "Classic Toy Trains" so I suppose it's cool.

Oh, and Johnny, the old Broad Street Station was THE showplace station for anyone arriving in Richmond decades ago, as you so well put it a prestigious place for the state capital, "History City" and the old "Capital of the Confederacy."   Anybody who was anybody came through there at one time or another.

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:53 AM

Firelock- Coffee and a smoke sitting in your car at the station...can't tell you how many times I've done that...told ya, we would be buddies. There is quite a difference between American and Canadian tobacco, ...I could just hear us..."hey give me one of your's....ok but Ill take one of your's". Of course we will get lectured by someone now.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 8:55 AM

Vince, concerning smoking we had a saying in the Marines...

"I'm gonna die someday, I might as well have a say in it!"

And man, you should have heard the screams when they started leaving the cigarettes out of the C-rations!  

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 11, 2017 11:58 AM

A 2016 view of the area with the station pictured below shows that the station has been demolished and the street has had a underpass constructed so it passes under the railroad.

 

Growing up I lived in Garrett, IN for several years with my father being Superintendent of the B&O at the time

 

         

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Posted by pajrr on Monday, December 11, 2017 4:05 PM

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We got our first snow of the season in NJ yesterday (12/10) My local station, Oradell, NJ (former NJ&NY / Erie RR) looked like a Christmas card. The station will be spending another winter protecting her waiting passengers from the weather.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, December 11, 2017 5:01 PM

That is just stunning!  That should be your Christmas card for next year.

Very evocative too, I can almost hear the whistle of an approaching Erie K-1 in the distance.

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Posted by pajrr on Monday, December 11, 2017 5:04 PM

Here is your K-1 Wayne. Merry Christmas!

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, December 11, 2017 6:57 PM

Why thank you!  And the same to you!

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Posted by Enzoamps on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:30 AM

Ashland, VA, wow.  I lived there half of 1980, and I don't recall ever going to that station.  Too busy working a million hours up at King's Dominion.

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:37 PM

Enzoamps
Ashland, VA, wow.  I lived there half of 1980, and I don't recall ever going to that station.  Too busy working a million hours up at King's Dominion.

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Posted by selector on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:50 PM

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This is the E&N Ry station at it's northern terminus in Courtenay, Vancouver Island.  The RDC ran until 2012 when service was suspended due to embargoed tracks and bridge structures.  Money was arranged, except the Federal portion never seemed to be forthcoming.  Then local municipalities got annoyed and withdrew their own offers.  It's all in limbo, but I'd say it's moribund...badly so.

 

 

 

I find it quite sad that this line currently has no operation on it. My wife and I made three trips; the first was from Victoria to Nanaimo (and back by bus because we had a time constraint (ferry from Seattle and back)); the second was a round trip covering the entire line to Courtney, and the third was from Nanaimo (bus from Vancouver) to Courtney and then down to Victoria (then bus back to Vancouver.

 

 

Johhny, I seem to have drifted and have neglected to look back to see your post.  Sorry.  Yes, it is sad.  So many mis-truths from people who should know better that got government funding at all levels to get this line rebuilt for safety purposes, but apparently the Feds stalled.  I wonder why.  In any event, as often happens, the idea just won't fly at it's current funding structure.  People would rather take a bus with fewer stops, or drive.

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Posted by Enzoamps on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:47 PM

The old Silver Spring, MD B&O station.  On Georgia Ave., just outside the Washington DC border, on the Westbound line to Cumberland.  Used to train watch there growing up.  The station has been restored inside with original furniture and fixtures.  No longer used for trains, Amtrak has moved a mile up the line, to the combined MARC and Metro station.  On the far side were a couple short sidings, team tracks maybe, usually a boxcar or two one could climb on.

A full station with ticket counter, there was a companion eastbound station, similar construction but smaller, just a waiting room.  The little fence by the baggage cart is the pedestrial tunnel under the tracks to that smaller station.  Tunnel is still there but closed.

Before my time, back when Presidents rode the rails, Silver Spring station was sometimes used by presidents and politicians as a lower profile spot to board trains, rather than down at Union Station in DC.

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:52 PM

Picture did not post Enzoamps...would like to see this one!

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Posted by Enzoamps on Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:22 AM
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Posted by DSchmitt on Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:34 AM

Station Yuba City.  This is the Southern Pacific station      

 

From   

https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/kt2199q6kk/

 

 

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Posted by BLS53 on Thursday, December 14, 2017 3:39 AM

Re: Davenport

If I recall the MILW had a line than ran along the riverfront. On the Illinois side, the CB&Q, did likewise. The Quad Cities were great railfanning in the early 1960's. I came through in the early 90's, and just about everything was either gone or in great disrepair.

I always liked the way the Rock's passenger trains would come right off the bridge into the Davenport station. 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:08 AM

Miningman
Picture did not post Enzoamps...would like to see this one!

Picture looked fine to me.

         

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:21 AM

Hmmmm.....interesting, all I get is the little white outlined box 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:15 AM

It may be rather nondescript but this was my hometown station:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2409141

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:04 PM

CSSHEHEWISCH- Maybe non descriptive but it's obvious it was a great place to watch trains, in Chicago to boot. 

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