Cleveland Daily Banner article 6/27 — From trains to buses

Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS.  Tracy O’Connell, pictured above, Museum Center at Five Points Gift Store manager, tries out a bench in the lobby of the Southern Railway Depot. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning at 11 o’clock will mark the final transition of the restored building from passenger train depot to the main transfer point and offices for the Cleveland Urban Area Transit System.

Remodeled train depot ribbon cutting set

A feature story published June 25, 1975 in the Cleveland Daily Banner lamented the passing of passenger rail service in Cleveland which ended Aug. 11, 1970, when the Birmingham Special (Nos. 17 and 18) made their final runs.

“The Cleveland passenger depot still stands — inside, waiting benches are empty and ticket windows are permanently closed and outside, an old rubber wheeled baggage wagon sits idle on the well-worn brick platform.

“A visit to the Cleveland depot is a trip to the past. And, with a little imagination, you can cock your ear to the wind and hear faintly, ‘All aboarrrd!’”

Above are train-themed gifts now being sold at the museum.

Though the call of conductors has long been silent, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 11 a.m. will mark the transition from rail to bus service. Trains will soon be replaced with 40-passenger buses and rubber wheels replaced with steel belted tires. The depot will have an open house until 2 p.m. Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland encouraged all veterans who departed Cleveland from the train station or family members who watched them leave for the military, to attend the ceremony.

[Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner – From trains to buses]

Cleveland Daily Banner article — Depot to open as bus service hub Thursday

Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS. The Southern Railway Depot is almost ready to begin its second life as a transportation hub for Cleveland Urban Area Transportation System. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 11 a.m. will mark the transition from rail to bus service.

The Southern Railway Depot is almost ready to begin its second life as a transportation hub for Cleveland Urban Area Transportation System.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 11 a.m. will mark the transition from rail to bus service.

[Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner – Depot to open as bus service hub Thursday]

Cleveland Depot Restoration Progress, part 12

The following restoration photos were taken between 5/17/12 and 6/7/12. These final photos focus mainly on the interior, floor refinishing, receptionist area, window cleaning and various exterior elevation views showing the completed depot with its historical plaque and sign. This restoration process began in September 2010 with parking lot grading, utility relocations and paving. The work on the depot itself began around October 2010 and was completed June 2012. The official grand opening and open house of the depot will he held Thursday June 28, 2012 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Cleveland Depot Transformation Images, part 2

Today’s featured Before and After photos focus mainly on the depot’s interior. Also included are photos taken outside on the north end and a night photo with the lights on. These photos were taken between December 2011 and May 2012.  The restoration’s completion this summer will bring a new meaning to the revitalization of downtown Cleveland — a change needed for quite awhile.


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Cleveland Depot Restoration Progress, part 11

The following restoration photos were taken between 5/2/12 and 5/7/12. These photos focus mainly on the brick paver installation around the depot perimeter. The grading, tamping and paver placement was completed in 5 days. Painting of the interior continues. Ceramic tile has been laid on the restroom floors and walls. New air handling equipment and ductwork has been installed along with the depot’s gutters.


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Cleveland Depot Transformation Images

The following six photos display the depot transformation progress from October 10, 2010 through April 11, 2012. Each of these photos were taken at the same location showing the progress. It is truly amazing what Tricon Construction, Inc. has accomplished during the last 16+ months; they have been doing a superior job of bringing life back to this great Southern icon and must be commended for their work.


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Cleveland Depot Restoration Progress, part 10

The following restoration photos were taken between 4/16/12 and 4/26/12. These photos focus mainly on the exterior and interior painting progress. Work on the wainscoting and crown molding installation continues. Insulation has also been blown into the attic area during these listed dates. Three new doors are being installed — one on the east side, two on the west side of the depot. Two existing doors on the east side are also being reworked. A new wood roof support on the south side of the bay window is being fabricated to replace the old one that was rotten.


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