Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Train Depot

Today's picture shows the train depot at Durand, Michigan. The picture was taken around the turn of the century. This was certainly a busy hub.


  1. What a great picture. Wonder if the station is still standing?

  2. wouldn't it be wonderful if we could travel again coast to coast on a sleeper train with it's nice dining room etc?
    I just love watching old movies when they are traveling on a train in the 1940-50's
    I rode a train once from Jacksonville Florida to Mt Vernon Illinois in 1958 my little sister was 6 and I was 12we had been to our Grandparents house and home was Illinois

    1. I don't know about coast-to-coast, but my BIL went from Baltimore to Cincinnati by train a few months ago, and it didn't take him any longer than flying would have, considering he would have had to drive 15 miles south to BWI, wait two hours for security, and all that malarkey. As it was, he boarded the train - unsearched - in Baltimore and arrived refreshed and relaxed in Ohio about an hour later than the airplane, with its attendant bother, would have gotten there. Didn't have to worry about his luggage being searched or stolen, and it's d - hard to hijack a train!

  3. Yes, it is still standing! From the website:
    Because of its unusual Chateau Romanesque architecture, the Durand Depot has gained prominence as one of the most photographed train stations in America. Passengers still walk the corridors of the depot to board their train. The Amtrak Blue Water eastbound to Port Huron and westbound to Chicago make daily stops at the Durand Union Station. Thirty or more freight trains pass the station daily providing for excitement and photo opportunities for rail fans on a regular basis. All the activity proves that while waiting on the depot platform, people can still experience the sights and sounds of railroading and imagine what it was like decades ago. The depot is also the State Railroad History Museum, an educational and entertaining source of Michigan’s rich railroad history.
    -Anne K.

  4. What a stunning piece of architecture--so glad it's still standing, and in use. One thing strikes me about the picture. So many men are standing around on the rails in the foreground! Clearly they're not expecting any of those trains to move right away, in spite of the steam coming out of many of them.