Depot Doings: Delray Beach, FL / Inverness, FL / Kissimmee, FL / Jacksonville, NC

Featured depots this month are of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in Florida and North Carolina:

  • Delray Beach, FL – 10/28/72
  • Inverness, FL – 6/23/87
  • Kissimmee, FL – 2/75
  • Jacksonville, NC – 8/81

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Depot Doings: Winchester, VA / Salem, IL / Midland, OH / Mount Vernon, OH / Gaithersburg, MD / Point of Rocks, MD

Featured B&O Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, and Maryland:

  • B&O – Winchester, VA – 8/21/73
  • B&O – Salem, IL – 8/1/75
  • B&O – Midland, OH – 5/18/77
  • B&O – Mount Vernon, OH – 10/14/12
  • B&O – Gaithersburg, MD – 6/29/78
  • B&O – Point of Rocks, MD – 6/3/72

All photos courtesy of Railroad Picture Archives.


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Depot Doings: Pelham, AL / Raiford, FL / St. Petersburg, FL / Tarpon Springs, FL / Waverly, FL / Myrtle Beach, SC

ACL Railroad Logo

Featured Atlantic Coast Line Railway depots on the blog this month are those in Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina:

  • ACL – Pelham, AL – 1972
  • ACL – Raiford, FL – 1970
  • ACL – St. Petersburg, FL – 1957
  • ACL – Tarpon Springs, FL – 1972
  • ACL – Waverly, FL – 1969
  • ACL – Myrtle Beach, SC – Date unknown

All images courtesy of Google.


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Canadian Corner/Depot Doings: Kingsville, Ontario, Canada

canadian-flag-smallKINGSVILLE,
ONTARIO DEPOT
On the Pere Marquette / C&O Rwy

The depot at Kingsville, Ontario, Canada was built in 1889 on the Lake Erie, Essex and Detroit River Railway. Originally owned by Hiram Walker, the line and depot later became part of the Pere Marquette Railroad. Still later, it was acquired by the Chesapeake & Ohio which owns the depot today, although it is no longer used for passenger service.

Kingsville is located about thirty miles east of Windsor, Ontario on what used to be a single track between Windsor and St. Thomas. East of St. Thomas, the C&O uses ex-New York Central tracks. Several C&O freight trains still pass over this route on the way to Buffalo, New York. Those trains, coming from Detroit through the Michigan Central railroad tunnel, take the Penn Central out to a Pelton Interlocking where they switch to the C&O mainline. Passenger train service on the Pere Marquette line ended in the mid-1920’s; however, many of the depots on the line were eventually refurbished for freight-only service. The first floor originally consisted of a Ticket Office, located where the semicircular bay window is at trackside, a Gent’s Waiting Room, a Ladies’ Waiting Room and a combination Freight and Baggage Room where stairs to the second floor are located.

The second floor consists of a small hallway from the stairs leading to a single large chamber that has a series of small windows facing trackside. To the left of the bay window is an opened and curved covered porch that adjoins a porte-cochere to the rear of the building. It was probably once used as a carriage entry and exit point. When the depot was first built there was a raised platform in the Freight and Baggage Room which occupied about half the room next to the large freight door. Another platform of equal height joined this same wall on the exterior of the building. Both were used for the handling of freight and baggage. The exterior platform no longer exists but it is shown in the drawings.

The chimney, like the exterior walls, is of stone and the roof peak joints are covered with a galvanized iron projection. All windows on the first floor are set in deep casements and entry doors are crowned with an arched design.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad still staffs the Kingsville depot with a part-time agent. The former waiting room is now used as a storeroom and kitchenette for the maintenance-of-way crews.

Article courtesy of the Mainline Modeler April 1990
Text Credit: Julian Cavalier
Drawings made expressly for Mainline Modeler. Copies of these drawings may be made for noncommercial use only.


The depot slowly fell into disrepair in the 80’s with its abandonment. The timeless images below were taken from 1972 to 2003 and reflect on the station’s many years of neglect. Through tireless efforts and what seemed like constant delays, the citizens of Kingsville prevailed in keeping this exquisite piece of railroad architecture preserved for future generations. After full restoration, the depot now houses a beautiful Mediterranean-style restaurant, Mettawas Station.


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Depot Doings: Valdosta, GA / Hogansville, GA / Knoxville, TN / Homestead, FL / Montezuma, GA / Marshallville, GA

Depot Doings for January 2014:

Atlantic Coast Line depot is Valdosta, GA (1964); Atlanta & West Point depot, Hogansville, GA (2009); Southern Railway depot, Knoxville, TN (1970’s); Florida East Coast depot, Homestead, FL (1964); Central of Georgia depot, Montezuma, GA (1978); Central of Georgia depot, Marshallville, GA (1978).

  • The ACL depot in Valdosta, GA was built in 1907 and razed in 1994.
  • The FEC depot in Homestead, FL has been removed and relocated to the Pioneer Museum at Florida City, FL.
  • The AWP depot in Hogansville, Georgia, was constructed between 1890 and 1900. After the railroad vacated the depot, it was used for a time as a childcare center. Between 2003 and 2007 it was restored for use as a railroad-themed restaurant.
  • The Southern Railway station at Knoxville, Tennessee, was built in 1903. Following the departure of the last passenger train in August 1970 it started to fall into disrepair. The station was fully restored in 1989 and now serves as the headquarters for a prominent architectural firm.
  • The C of G depot at Marshallville, GA was built in 1912. It has been restored and now houses a restaurant.
  • The C of G depot at Montezuma, GA was constructed in 1890 with additions added in 1924 and 1929. The building was restored in 2001-2002 and now serves as the Macon County Museum.

All images courtesy of www.rr-fallenflags.org.


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25th Anniversary of Joint Effort, L&N Depot print

This October, Tom Rock will be releasing a 25th Anniversary Edition print of his 1988 painting of the Etowah L&N depot, Joint Effort. This print measures 24″x33″ and will be limited to 25 signed and numbered copies. The following small color image shows what the anniversary print will look like when it is released:

JointEffort25thPrint

Also included will be a 20-minute DVD documentary that was filmed on November 27, 1988, during the festivities at the depot surrounding the official signing of this print. Anyone interested in ordering one or more of these prints can request information by clicking here or calling 423.472.9600 for more details.


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Depot Doings: Talladega, AL / Foley, AL / Athens, AL / Montgomery, AL / Guntersville, AL / Mobile, AL

The featured depots for March include the L&N Railway at Talladega, AL; Foley, AL; Athens, AL; Montgomery, AL; and Guntersville, AL; and the GM&O Railway at Mobile, AL.

The L&N depot at Talladega, Alabama was built in 1906. It stayed an active station until the early 1970’s. After the railroad vacated the building it was restored and now serves as headquarters for the Talladega Chamber of Commerce.

The L&N depot at Foley, Alabama was built in 1905. It burned to the ground three years later and was replaced by the current station, which remained in service until 1971 when the L&N discontinued service to Foley. At this time the depot was moved to Magnolia Springs where it was used as a warehouse until 1991. The depot was then moved back to its original location site and now houses the Foley Alabama Railroad Museum.

The L&N Freight Depot in Athens, Alabama was built in 1928. It has been restored and now houses the Limestone County Archives and the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives.

The L&N Union Station in Montgomery, Alabama opened in 1898. It remained in operation until 1979. After some years the station was restored, giving the viewer a sense of how it looked when it first opened. The center core of the building is occupied by the Montgomery’s Visitor Center.

The L&N depot at Guntersville, Alabama was originally built by the NC&StL Railway in 1892. The depot has been restored and now houses a museum.

The L&N depot at Mobile, Alabama was constructed in 1905-1906 by the Mobile & Ohio Rwy. The Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad (Successor to the Mobile & Ohio) remained in the building until 1986. After being vacant for years it was purchased by the City of Mobile and restored. It currently is the headquarters for the Metro Transit Authority, the local bus company.

Images courtesy of Dale Burns (alabamarailpics.com).


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