Saturday, September 25, 2010

Depots Along the Way...

The fortunes of time can be very upbeat or they can be a bit depressing.

This handsomely preserved and maintained Depot in Eden Center, New York is very far south of the Buffalo Metropolitan area. Note the flowers and the old baggage cart...

Used for a business, the owner has done a great job in maintaining this great little railroad station! The station was built by the Erie Railroad along it's Buffalo & Southwest Line.

FYI...Eden is the home of the Kazoo Company, the only firm in the USA that produces metal Kazoos.

On the other side of the coin, this station in Cherry Creek, New York, about 48 miles south of Mile Marker 0 in Buffalo, seems to be slipping into some hard times. It too was built by the Erie Railroad...about 115 years ago! A few years back, it was carefully preserved and it was in use as a gift shop, specializing in Amish goods and country crafts. Obviously, business has been tough...

Back in the late 1990's, this station was regularly visited by New York & Lake Erie Scenic Excursion Trains running south from Gowanda, New York. The station itself still looks good...and perhaps it will be saved and re-purposed.

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