Thursday, October 7, 2010

Going, Going, Gone...

In this day and age, it's hard to believe that in the not so distant past, a great many small towns across the USA had regular passenger and freight rail service. Many small towns were served by Interurban Cars/self-powered units. Many towns have already lost their symbols of the past...the old railroad depot.

Here are 3 derelict old rail declining health or worse. The photo above is the first example. It's the abandoned Norfolk & Western Depot in Rural Retreat, VA. It's still standing but it is slowly falling apart. It's a shame as it's over 100 years old and handsome in it's own way...

The second example is the not so handsome remains of the former passenger depot in Newstead, KY. It was built by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and in it's final days, it's being used for storage

The last of these fast fading railroad depots is the completely abandoned passenger station located in Grand Junction, TN. It was built by the Illinois Central Railroad.

The ironic part of this depot's story is that the town is called 'Grand Junction' for a reason. Even today, it's a major rail junction for north-south and east-west railroad traffic.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting! Hare to imagine all the small towns years ago with passenger train service.