Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Train Station



Good Tuesday Morning to you all. Locomotive Week continues today with this picture of a train pulling into the station at Sylvan Beach, New York. The picture was taken in about 1900. The picture really creates a wonderful scene. 

17 comments:

  1. It looks like "the train coming to town" was a big social event. Unless there was someone important on it.

    I see the engine must have disappointed you, it doesn't have the big smoke stack and big headlight on it.

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  2. I really like the old trains. I remember as a kid, the CNR kept one old steamer running in Southern Ontario for excursions in the summer time. You could hear that whistle for miles, and we would rush down to the track with some pennys to lay on the rail to be crushed as it rolled by.
    Graham in St. John's

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  3. We rode the trains or busses often during the war. The hard oak benches really got hard after a few hours but it was also fun at times with all the military personal. Someone always had a guitar or banjo or something and the singing would begin. About as close as you could get to this scene was was in the movie "It Happened One Night". People always dressed very well and for the most part were always very nice. Seems we stopped so often to get water and coal. As for trying to sleep' there was no way to get comfortable. Wish I could do it all again.

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  4. Here in East Texas, we have an old train that runs from Rusk to Palestine. Today's picture reminds me very much of the depot at Rusk.

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  5. I also would lay pennies on the track for the wheels to squash out. Some tines they would get carried a ways down the track and get really squashed.

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  6. As a child, back in the 40's you could see the smoke of the locomotive on the Katy line, over the trees, from my grandparents front porch in Emory, Texas. It was awesome to hear the whistle blow and wonder where it was going.

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  7. We teenage girls used to hang out at the train station each weekday evening at 6 because we knew that young men were coming back from out of town work. We were happy just looking.

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  8. This is my favorite kind of picture! It shows the subject matter but there is so much going on in the background that you can really spend some time studying it!

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  9. Rode a train fro Iowa to Cali in the early 60's. Not as old as these but still remember the observation as being really cool

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  10. Sorry, change of subject: are the wooden benches facing each othr actually "swings" ? Very nice while waiting for Grandma to arrive.

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  11. I like tho old Victorian buildings as well.

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  12. yes these swings were a very common thing back when!!!!!

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  13. How about having another week of trains and bus travel. Even with the depression and the war those were fun times.

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  14. I am loving this theme. This particular photo shows just how important the rail station and each train was as a social centre. Why else would swings , gardens and picnics be included.

    In small towns everywhere the station platform ( often a gravel landing area) was the 'Promenade' during this time in history.

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  15. My grandfather worked for the B&O from the end of WWI until he retired. He and my grandmother would take my sister and me on trips all over the place - NY for Christmas, Chicago to visit relatives. I took my two youngest from Baltimore to Philadelphia on the train one year for the flower show and they thought it was the greatest thing since crackers.

    And those swings! One could always be sedate and just sit and rock back and forth, but we would stand in the middle and rock back and forth, calling out the stations, just like a "real conductor".

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  16. I'l bet there's a kitchen table surrounded by women making lemonade from just picked lemons, and a handful of sweaty young boys taking turns on the hand-cranked ice cream maker. No doubt it's filled with cream from a neighbors cow and fresh picked peaches...

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  17. I love riding trains. Way more fun looking out the window of a train then a car.

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