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New Game! : Old Train Station Photo with your XS650

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by YamadudeXS650C, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I like trains

    Better yet, I really like Old Train Stations, and I hope to someday find one that I can actually live in 'til the end of my days.
    For a century or more, they were local hubs for the worldwide spread of people and civilization.

    And they held a special place in our stories.
    ....even when you were having a Bad Day.



    The B&O Terminal in downtown Cleveland Ohio was a focal point of one of my family tragedies;
    Upon return from the Battle of The Bulge (WWII) , my father was to be greeted by his Dad on the railway platform, but the elder was nowhere in sight. Later, my grandfather was found in the rest room; he had a heart attack just before the train pulled in. He was bringing with him news that my father's first wife had skipped town.
    B&O Railway Terminal

    But Old Train Stations bring me nothing but joy these days.

    They make a great backdrop for an XS650 photo.
    This old depot is 10 miles from my home in Martisco:
    It's a museum, now, but the tracks are used for freight.

    From my personal collection of photos:



    Gary has offered this nice photo:


    Have you got an Old Train Station in your neighborhood ?
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  2. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hmmmm. We still have some AMTRAK passenger service in Tucson and the station is in use. I'd go and take pics if it wasn't so freaking hot. Nearby in Patagonia, the station is still there but, the tracks are long gone and the building is now the city hall. It still looks like a a RR Station though. I may have pics.
  3. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Here in Central New York, the old train stations have often been repurposed, like this one in Jordan, NY, which is now an Old Garage.

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  4. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Sorry, Allison sez I'm not trainable....

    However I can shoot em when I see em.
    Ran right up to Reedsburg and fired on this.
    Chamber of Commerce lady let me inside to shoot, even though she said it wasn't allowed.... The ole gggGary charm prevailed.
    Allison was at a horsy event, so went to say hi, was thinking of heading towards Appleton to harass @CafePhil but weather did not look cooperative. Got a little damp at Allison's campground. About 140 miles on WJR, all good, reminded me there's a few maintenance niggles to be attended to.
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  5. JAX71224

    JAX71224 jax71224

    Was wa7ermelon seed spi77ing co7nes7 going on, or is 7ha7 l8r in summer?
  6. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Traveling on Route 20 yesterday, which criss-crosses most of the New York State, and takes you through one quaint little town after another.

    In Bridgewater, there is an old train station just off the road.


    Bridgewater station is a historic train station located at Bridgewater in Oneida County, New York. It was built in 1901 and is a one-story, rectangular, timber frame building 20 feet by 91 feet. It was built by the short line Unadilla Valley Railway and also served the separate line of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad branch to Richfield Springs, New York It ceased use as a station in 1960 and is now home to the Bridgewater Historical Society


    DL&W depot at Bridgewater, N.Y., ca. 1907. Track on left is DL&W to Richfield Springs, and track on right is Unadilla Valley Railroad towards New Berlin. The crossings on each railroad is Route 20. Unadilla Valley RR water tank at right.

  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Dude really makes me work for these contests! I had to ride to the historic old West town of Wickenburg Az to get these photos. This is the Santa Fe depot built in 1895, last in service in the 50’s , then the passenger trains stopped coming here. Restored to all original condition in the 90’s and now serves as the local chamber of commerce building. As soon as Jeff created this contest, I knew I would come here to take some photos, but it’s been too hot until this morning. :cool:
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    They also have a nice old steam locomotive circa 1900 on display here.
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    Freight trains still run through town, right behind the old station and the locomotive display.
  8. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I love it !!
    Thanks for the great pics and memories, Bob.
    Wouldn't it be great to live nearby some old train tracks and hear the steam locomotive blowin' through your neighborhood early in the evening?
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  9. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    My favorite train experience from childhood involved pennies.

    The family spent many summers at Chautauqua Institute NY, on the lake.


    There were train tracks nearby outside the town of Jamestown.


    When we visited, my brother and I would leave pennies on the tracks.


    ....and when we returned later, there was a bit of metal sculpture ready for us:

  10. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    I remember doing that once as a kid. A guy on the train yelled at us! “Damn kids! Get away from those tracks! “
  11. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Thankfully, we never had a really good "Oh Shit !" moment.
    ....but it would have been memorable.

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  12. madmax-im

    madmax-im Yamaha...Go your own way... XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Admittedly I do not have 1 quality pic of myXS650 at a train station...So I will beg your indulgence..
    Pictured is my 1982 Yamaha XJ1100 Maxim at what was once the Hopewell NJ train station
  13. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    I'm not up-to-speed on Fredericksburg's railroad history, so I guess I'll just mush and slush thru this. I believe that railroad service existed here from the late 1800's (or 1913) to the '40s. After that, the railway was discontinued and the tracks removed. There was a train tunnel south of here, now a batcave, a preserve for bats.

    In town, I've always wondered about a couple of old stone buildings.
    I believe that this first building is a cobblestone freight station.
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    It's been repurposed a couple of times over the years, not sure what...
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  14. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    A few hundred feet south of that is another stone building, I believe was the passenger station.
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    Behind that station is an 1894 Pullman Palace Car.
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    There's a Presidential seal on there, guess I'll need to figure that out...
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  15. Jim

    Jim Beyond the edge is the unknown. Here be Dragons XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    From this website....

    "Theodore Roosevelt used this car on one of his trips to the 6666 Ranch in North Texas. It is believed that the Indian Chief – Quanah Parker has also ridden in this unique Pullman Car."
  16. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Wow, that's great. Thanx, Jim.

    Y'know, I've lived here almost 20 years, still haven't seen it all...
  17. TwoManyXS1Bs

    TwoManyXS1Bs BBQ Hunter Top Contributor

    Some old pics of Fredericksburg's railroad history...

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  18. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    That’s some good sleuthing Steve and nice photos too!
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  19. YamadudeXS650C

    YamadudeXS650C Central New York XS650 XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Interesting history and photos!
    As always, thanks for sharing.
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  20. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Got up early (for me anyway) and rode the SG to McD's for breakfast. Then I though "where to ride?. Sonoita!" So off I went. Once I got there, it's a 4 way crossroads. Hmmm Patagonia then Nogales and I-19N to home. There's the old former train station used as city hall. Here's a couple pics. Enjoy. I couldn't resist the last one. 20200923_111411.jpg 20200923_111528.jpg 20200923_111707.jpg

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