Friday, January 7, 2011

Railroad Depots Along the Way...

It's about time for me to post a few more old Railway Depots. These photos were all taken during 2010.

This first depot is the former passenger station for Michigan Central Railroad in Mason Michigan, just south of Lansing. It's now the Mason Depot Diner...and the owners have done a nice job of fixing it up and maintaining the building.

Here is another view of the Michigan Central Depot in Mason Michigan. This passenger depot was opened for business on November 21, 1900 and it served rail passengers for over 50 years. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is the former Michigan Central passenger depot in Leslie Michigan, just a bit south of Mason. The Leslie Depot Diner was opened in 1984 and has been run by the same family for 26 years. We apparently just missed Hugh Jackman and a film crew who had shot scenes for a new sci-fi movie titled "Real Steel" at the depot the day prior to our visit. They were loading up their equipment when we stopped in. They had also shot scenes for the movie in Mason at the City Hall.

This is the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in North Baltimore Ohio. The building and rail line are now owned by CSX. That company is building a very large inter modal rail yard just west of North Baltimore and it will employ more than 200 people. This will be a larger rail yard than the big one in Bedford Park Illinois...a close-in Chicago suburb.

This beautiful 18-room passenger depot in Etowah Tennessee was built by the Louisville & Nashville railroad in 1908. The building was renovated by the city and it was re-opened to the public in 1981. It contains a museum, the Chamber of Commerce and the offices of the Tennessee Heritage Overhill Association. Etowah claims to be the first planned community in the USA...designed and built by the L&N railroad.

Thousands of rail passengers frequent the depot from May through early November each year. Hiwassee River Rail Adventures begins it's scenic railway tours at this building.

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