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Monday, March 30, 2009

Junction Station


On the opposite end of town sits the old train station that once serviced this town. It has been preserved as a historical site. The track runs right beside the old station, and they now have it fenced in to protect from vandals and people breaking in.

Matthew loves to stop and look at the caboose that sits there, as well at the old station.



And, because Sunday was a semi-sunny/semi-rainy day, and the wind was strong, Matthew felt this would be as good of time as any to stop and visit. So we did.







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If only these old four walls could talk and tell the stories of days gone by. I can just imagine people coming and going from this train station. Remember these were the days when distance travel from town to town would be done by train. I can imagine many a reunion was held on the platform outside the door leading to the tracks, as well as many tearful goodbyes. What a wonderful era this old station served.

I know that my Grandmother came to this train station to watch the Queen of England pass through. The train did not stop but she came out of the train car and waved to the crowd. Can you imagine the crowd that formed here on a hot summer's day in hopes of catching a glimpse of royalty?




Once a year they hold an open-house where you are able to walk inside the old station.

I think we will have to take Matthew this year!

29 comments:

Lisa said...

Very cool! I love train stations.

There's a fellow that owns a couple of very well known fine dining establishments in Atlanta that lives in a caboose on a train yard. When he gets ready to travel he pays Amtrak to pull his car to where ever he wants to go. Pretty cool!

He's very eccentric. Can you tell?

Janet said...

There is something special about old places! I can just imagine waiting for the Queen to come by! Lovely story!

Lori said...

how fun is that! what is better than the chance to play on a train?

Annie said...

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Laurie in Ca. said...

I love old train stations and just love that red caboose. The old train station in San Juan Capistrano has been restored and is used daily. I will have to take some pictures and post them. Go to the open house with Matthew, he will love it! Love you girl.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

kel said...

Cool! We loves trains!!

♥georgie♥ said...

AWESOME! Loved that your family has history with the train station how cool is that! GREAT pix!

Ter said...

What is it about little boys and trains?

Randi Troxell said...

this is so cool! i love going and hearing about old historic places... the queen of England story too, thats a once in a lifetime things she got to experience!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

What a great opportunity! I love old and abandoned places, esp. places like train stations, which held so many people and so many stories.

Kristina P. said...

What a fun day! I always love checking out random things like that.

Swoozie said...

Wow! What is about boys and trains!? They LOVE 'em!

I'm a new follower of yours and I'm coming from the Follower's Club! It's great to meet new mommies out there!

Me said...

What a cool little place! I miss seeing the caboose with each train. My kids don't even know what a caboose is..as they are a thing of the past!

momof3girls said...

It looks like you and Matthew had a great time. How cool to have heard the story of seeing the queen from a family member. Hearing stories from family members that connect you with the past adds such richness to our lives!

tollesons4him said...

How neat!! I love old things like this and learning about the history behind it! You are right if only these walls could talk!!
Great pictures!

Jenna said...

What a cool old site. It looks like he had fun!!

Mrs. D Lightful said...

Those are some excellent pictures. What a memory!

jenjen said...

What a great idea! I bet he loved it!!!

XOOX
Jen

blueviolet said...

What a wonderful bit of history you have so near to you! I love the story of the Queen passing through!

Alicia said...

That is so cool! My husband loves stuff like that too!! I'm glad nobody vandalizes the caboose!!

Funny in my mind said...

Isn't is sad that people would want to destroy history like that? You should go and take picts for us! There is a caboose in the park near us and the inside is closed now but we went inside when the boys were little and it was neat!

Cascia said...

That train yard looks pretty cool. I can tell he had a good time.

Laura said...

I love cabooses and it just breaks my heart that the trains here no longer have them! My daughter will never know how neat it is for that little guy to wave at you from that last red car on the train!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Great post!

Did you notice that something has been missing from your blog? It might have appeared around the time I stopped commenting? I’m sorry about all that. I took a little hiatus from the blogosphere, but I couldn’t stay away too long. After a break, I had to come by again and see what you’ve been up to.

Glad that I did.

-Francesca

PS: Thanks for the birthday love!

Heart of Rachel said...

That's a fun experience! It's great to see how much your son enjoyed going up the caboose. My 5-yr old also loves trains. Two weeks ago he had a chance to ride the metro train with us.

somethingaboutparenting said...

Would love a chance to play in that train, too.


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Upstatemomof3 said...

Oh wow!!! Big Brother would love that. We would spend lots of time on those tracks. :)

Melinda said...

that looks like a lot of fun

Megan said...

Sounds like you live in a place with lots of history. Very cool! =)