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Friday, July 8, 2011

Sepie Saturday # 82

Sepia Saturday # 82
Louisville and Nashville Railroad

Not good lighting but on the theme of RR stations.
 Oh what memories this photo brings back.

Louisville and Nashville Depot in Springfield, Kentucky, completed in 1887.
It served as a passenger, express, mail and telegraph office. Note the boxcar, baggage cart and stockpens. The depot was demolished in 1976. Photo c. 1918 (courtesy of Daniel C. Kelly) from
Washington County, Kentucky Bicentennial

In 1945 we lived about 6 houses from this depot.
I don't remember a train ever coming there but maybe it did in the winter as it was located parallel to the huge tobacco warehouse that housed the county's main crop.

There was not much going on because I definitely remember roller skating on the large open wood floor of the depot.
There was someone there in charge of things.
His name was Mr. Pardee.
Whenever he would come find us skating he would run us out.
He would come in the front door and we would run and jump out the windows and skate up the sidewalk home.

As I said it was torn down in  1978 and the rr tracks have even been removed now.

There is no remnant whatsoever that it was ever there.

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Karin said...

Love trips down memory lane, don't you! Those were simpler times then! Have a great week--end!

Postcardy said...

What a fun memory. I can just picture you skating inside and then jumping out the window and skating on home.

Bob Scotney said...

There must be hundreds of stations that have disappeared and tracks that have been torn up. Pictures are all that remain - what a shame.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

If the station has gone it's especially good that you have your photo and your memories too. Many of our smaller stations in the UK have closed down, some demolished and some put to other uses.

Kristin said...

Then, after they tear down the stations and pull up the tracks they wonder why nobody rides the trains any more.

Great picture of you all skating and jumping and skating home. bad kids!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your memories, fun ones too! Im also saddened how so many of these places were torn down, ours caught fire and burned down. There is a place in Pasadena, Ca called Heritage Square and they move old buildings there, one is a an old train station, I guess they are quite popular with the train enthusiasts to come visit. I did a sepia sat post a few weeks ago and mine also featured a train station, amazingly the depot in the old photos I had was saved and is now a restaurant, Click my link at top and you can see it :)

Ima Weed said...

Love those times of the trains. Wish I could board a train today and ride to Memphis.

Nancy said...

It's so good that there are still photographs of the station. I can imagine it would have been a fun place to roller skate.

Christine H. said...

Roller skating in the depot! What a marvelous memory. I can just imagine it.

Deanna said...

thinking about you.

Alan Burnett said...

Fabulous image and what memories : if it was possible to capture the very essence of what Sepia Saturday is all about, surely this is it.

Mike Brubaker said...

There's a ghost story here, I think. Nice post on the theme.

Martin Lower said...

Same thing happened in the UK, I guess the car was seen as the future in those days. Perhaps they weren't so clever after all?

Pat transplanted to MN said...

It is a shame that we did not maintain the rail roads, maybe they will come back! traveling through the midwest, we are in Decatur IN on our way to PA again, I am reminded of how towns grew along the rail tracks. I recall train trips with my grandparents fondly too.

tony said...

I Always Think There Is Something Surreal About Remembering A Building/Structure That Is Knocked Down.
You Know It Was There Once...But It Cant Be Erased From Memory.The Spot Remains Personally Special.
Particularly In The Case Of Something Like A Railway, Which Must Have Been A Local Hub & Focal Point.
I Bet There Are Still Other Buildings Standing There That Were Built Because The Railroad Was Once Nearby.

Little Nell said...

That’s a wonderful memory of rollerskating in the station. Amazing that you can remember Mr Pardee’s name! It probably added a certain edge of excitement to your visits, wondering if you were going to get caught.