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Midland Station
Posted by E-L man tom on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 5:47 PM

Back in the mid 1990's, on my way to Ripley, Ohio, I ran across a unique RR depot. It is located in Midland, Ohio (also called Midland City), along State Route 68. This station is in a unique location, as it sits at the juncture of two branches of the B & O. I want to model this structure in HO scale and I found some pretty good photos of it. The only side of it that I do not have is the east end (the end without the bay windows). If anyone is familiar with the station that I am referring to, or lives near it, could you please send me a photo that shows the east end of it?

Thanks 

Tom Modeling the free-lanced Toledo Erie Central switching layout.
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Posted by BigDaddy on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 7:58 PM

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 8:59 PM

I was a member of the B&O Historical Society through the '90s and 2000s. They still have a bit of a presence and perhaps you could contact someone there?

https://borhs.org/Archives/index.html

I scanned through the issues of the Sentinel but came up empty. being that it is such a neat depot and still standing (as far as I can tell) someone certainly has some documentation available.

Searchable indexes are often not available for many of these back issues, unfortunately.

Here is an index for the B&O Modeler magazine:

https://borhs.org/modelermag/index.html

Also here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodhick/albums/72157626448527771

This guy is all "artsy" with his photos but there are some close-detail shots:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeljzealot/albums/72157627910649058

 

 Melvin Stone Train, Midland City, Ohio. June 29, 2019. by Robert Winfree, on Flickr

 Chessie System; Midland City OH; 9/1984 by Steve Barry, on Flickr

While at Flickr you can try your own search and perhaps come up with something.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 7:43 AM

Looks like it is in really bad shape, compared to the links I posted.  Cool design.

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Posted by Railroadfan1 on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:00 AM

Awesome looking design for a depot. I wonder if it would be worth restoring as a B&O museum.

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Posted by E-L man tom on Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:36 AM

Thanks all, for the information; a treasure trove of photos, many of which I didn't find in my internet searches. Yes, the station is in poor shape (maybe not even standing as of this date!), but I am going to model it sometime in the future. I wanted to get that information for my files for this project. I believe by the surrounding known dimensions (trains, etc.) that I can come up with the dimensions on the structure. Thanks again so much!

Tom Modeling the free-lanced Toledo Erie Central switching layout.
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Posted by basementdweller on Friday, August 09, 2019 5:43 AM

That depot is about an hour away from where I live, it is still standing and there is talk of restoration. They will need to hurry up as it is in very poor condition. 

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Posted by E-L man tom on Friday, August 09, 2019 11:14 PM

basementdweller

That depot is about an hour away from where I live, it is still standing and there is talk of restoration. They will need to hurry up as it is in very poor condition. 

 

So glad to hear that. It is a unique structure indeed. And, although I'm modeling northwest Ohio, I will have a place just for it on my new layout, which is just in the beginning stages of construction. Yes, the most recent photos I have (some of which were posted in this thread), show it in a nearly falling down state. Sure would be nice to see it restored, but it will take lots of work and lots of money to do so.

Tom Modeling the free-lanced Toledo Erie Central switching layout.

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