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Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875 - By Henry on 04/28/17 at 13:10:58 - 'GIMP-BIMP.jpg' 189 KB
There are plugins for GIMP to batch process images, one is called BIMP. I just downloaded the latest version of GIMP from  LINK URL and installed BIMP from LINK URL and resized a whole folder while preserving the originals with only one problem.
 
After installing the BIMP plugin when I restarted GIMP it asked me if I wanted to remove the "Batch Image Manipulation Plugin for Gimp" so I clicked the Cancel button (Duh, I just installed it, don't remove it!) and thought it might just ask the first time you install a plugin, but no, it pops up every time you start GIMP, which is very annoying. I googled various things about it and didn't find any direct references so I started looking for the mechanism that was spawning the uninstall for it. Using the Windows Explorer file manager (not Internet Explorer the web browser) I looked in the GIMP installation folder and found a "lib" folder. In that was a "gimp" folder, in that was a 2.0 folder and finally in that was a "plug-ins" folder. I opened the lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder and plainly visible was a file named "bimp-uninstall.exe."  Eureka! I made a folder named "Uninstalls" and put the bimp-uninstall.exe file in there, hoping that would prevent GIMP from running it every time it starts. Sure enough, it no longer asks if I want to uninstall it. I have no idea why they would set up the install package to put the uninstall file where it would be executed at every program start or if that even usually happens when installing BIMP. Fortunately it only took a couple of minutes to figure out and this will save you from it as well if you decide to try it and that happens to you. It may have happened because I had GIMP running when I installed the BIMP plugin, which is probably a no-no.  
 
Back to batch resizing. I went to the File menu and started "Batch Image Manipulation..." then I clicked on the "Add" button, selected Resize and in the window that popped up I clicked "Set exact size in pixel" and selected "Width only," clicked "Preserve aspect ratio" and entered 1024 to make all the photos 1024 pixels wide and the proportionate height to that so they look right when resized.  Back in the BIMP main window I clicked "Add images" and selected "Add folders..." then browsed to my test folder of images, selected it and clicked "Add" and the filenames appeared in the BIMP window. I clicked on the "Output folder" button and clicked on the "Create Folder" button to make a new folder for the finished files and clicked "Ok." Back in the main BIMP window I clicked "Apply" and Biff, Bam, Boom, it resized all the images to 1024 pixels wide.
 
The whole process from installing the latest version of GIMP and BIMP to having a batch of resized photos was about 10 minutes.


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Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875 - By toptrain on 04/17/17 at 09:33:58 - 'RG_1875_V-7_P-405_View_2_-_Copy.jpg' 275 KB
 
Now to post the last view.  
 
A view across the bridge, of this old Victorian Jem.
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Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875 - By toptrain on 04/17/17 at 09:06:05 - 'RG_1875_V-7_P-404_text.jpg' 145 KB
**   Ridley Park Station, on the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Rail Road .  **
 In one of my trips through the past, reading through an old Railroad Gazette of 1875 I found this Article. Attached were 2 drawings of this station when built. What a different time the Victorian age was. Here a Beautiful station is built not for the commuters of the time, but as a destination for people to enjoy life. The station was built in the middle of the park, on its highest point. Read for yourself. I need 3 posts for the three items I will post. First one of text. The next 2 are drawings.  
frank  
 
Search link  
LINK URL

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Re: Perris Statin Santa -Fe Route - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 12:02:41 - 'IMG_7376_S.jpg' 75 KB
A third view of the Perris station. This is a very well detailed station as you can see. It looks at home on my layout.  
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Re: Perris Statin Santa -Fe Route - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 12:01:40 - 'IMG_7373_S.jpg' 79 KB
This is the other side of the station.
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Perris Statin Santa -Fe Route - By toptrain on 01/26/17 at 11:59:03 - 'IMG_7380_S.jpg' 130 KB
Here is a Ceramic station by Lofton in Ho scale. Other ceramic stations I have seen were N scale as my Bethlehem station is.  
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Where is this Station ? a Station without a location. - By toptrain on 01/12/17 at 09:00:50 - '4385o1_640x465.jpg' 156 KB
This station is from a very old Google free E-book said to be copy right free, and in the public domain. If a complaint is made it will be removed.  
*  A Beautiful Victorian Gem, I think maybe a New York State station.  
  Maybe Saratoga.  
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Re: * Port Murray, NJ railroad station - By toptrain on 12/20/16 at 08:14:39 - 'Picture0723161142_1.jpg' 117 KB
**  This is my last photo I have of this group of buildings. A stand alone photo of the White 2 story freight building.  
* I do hope to return and get photos of the other sides of the buildings.  
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Re: * Port Murray, NJ railroad station - By toptrain on 12/20/16 at 08:04:30 - 'Picture0723161145_3.jpg' 58 KB
** Looking a little further to the right you see a larger 2 story freight building.  
Also another view of the Erie Caboose.
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Re: * Port Murray, NJ railroad station - By toptrain on 12/20/16 at 08:01:17 - 'Picture0723161143_1.jpg' 120 KB
Here is another photo of the Erie caboose.
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Re: * Port Murray, NJ railroad station - By toptrain on 12/20/16 at 07:59:29 - 'Picture0723161139_1.jpg' 147 KB
When I was there on the track you see in front of the station was a Erie Caboose. Another photo shows the Caboose and the station.
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* Port Murry NJ railroad statiom - By toptrain on 10/09/16 at 11:59:34 - 'Port_Murry.jpg' 57 KB
Passed it one day. A railroad that followed the Morris canal. There is also a nicer station on this same line not far from here. It is being used as a construction office. I'll try to find it on another day.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 10/02/16 at 10:35:38 - 'IMG_6520_-_Copy.jpg' 112 KB
**  I could not find another book on stations till now. I got it in the mail last Wednesday.
* Title; " All Stations", " A Journey Through 150 Years of Railroad History "
*  By Thames and Hudson. 1981. A joint effort by multiple writers I would guess. With the forward written and final editing by Jean Dethier of the French edition and Translated by Richard Foxcroft for the English edition.
* Basics; A hard cover book, of 175 pages though you will not find a page numbered from 135 to 175. A insert of 40 pages are found between pages 16 and 17, numbered in roman numerals. These are all I think in French, with translation for these pages starting on pages 11 through 15. To me this was not a hindrance, even though I don't read French, but enjoyable and different for me to read. Their are 381 illustrations, with 152 in color. Book size is 9 3/4"
 X 8".
* This book was first published in 1978 in France, to me explaining the 50 page insert in French. Second publishing in German in 1980 followed by a Spanish addition also in 1980. The following year in English. I like their attempt at keep this book somewhat universal, for the content is. I have only paged through this book one time completely, only reading about whatever caught my eye and was of interest to me. I guess you can say that I am not a professional reviewer of books. At this time just a mere amateur at this profession. What did catch my eye was page 89 and its 3 illustrations.  One of many stations used for this purpose. Two photos and one drawing. The three titles explain this stations horrible purpose. One Station That Should Never Be Removed From History! One Station That Should Never Be Forgotten! Title 3, "The Rails Leading To Auschwitz"! Title 4 "The Final Destination"! Title 5, "Waiting for Death On A Platform"! As said here in print," Next Stop The Gas Chamber". Maybe all the station, used for this purpose, should have been preserved. "Less We forget !"
* I wonder where the Armenian train stations are shown?  Maybe the Turks would like to see them.  
* This book is full of drawings of old stations. Photos of others. Even some photos and drawing of station not ever built, but were part of a competition arranged to accept the best station for a proposed site. Some drawings are of particular architectural details of a section of a station. Even a few hand drawn sketches of possible ideas. The content list is divided into 15 of 16 categories. The index list the first page number of each. Text on these first pages is made to further identify the purpose of these categories of station information. Now I like trains and am not as I said the best person to be composing a report for this book. My love of trains has grown to the architecture of Stations and location information on station of interest to me. Paging through this book and looking for stations of interest is what I do. As this book was written and first published in French the cosmopolitan views here reflect mainly European and not North, Central, and South American stations. The coverage is not equal especially on early 1830 to 1860 American stations verses European stations. It is not even close to equal. Though interesting the wrong book for my needs.  
 Frank
 
 " The Station: A modern day Tower of Babel." as described in the title of the first item on content list. This also gives the name of the cover station pictured.

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Re: MCRR stations - By toptrain on 07/18/16 at 18:55:08 - 'RG_v19_p-511_s.jpg' 131 KB
The other one I found is for #3 Kalamazoo Michigan. Same book, page 511.
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MCRR stations - By toptrain on 07/18/16 at 18:52:47 - 'RG_v19_p-211_s.jpg' 185 KB
The frist one is really two stations.
1- Ann Arbor Michigan.
2- Dexter Michigan.  
 Railroad Gazette, 1887, V-19 Page 211. for all info go to the Hathi Trust Digital library. search Railroad Gazette. click on catalog record of any book listed. Go to volume 19 or year 1887, and then to page 211.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By toptrain on 07/11/16 at 07:17:55 - 'imageBH8O91Kb.jpg' 120 KB
*** The Third CRRofNJ terminal. Opened in 1889.  
** Seen as built with its large train shed and 4 ferry slips. The ferry Elizabeth is seen in the first near slip with the ferry Communipaw seen in the further third slip.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By toptrain on 07/11/16 at 06:47:34 - 'ferry_CRR_of_NJ_1.jpg' 142 KB
 CRRofNJ's second terminal with ferry Central in dock and Ferry Communipaw heading in to dock. You can see the three bell towers together seeming to be at the street end of the ferry terminal. Looking above the empty ferry slip to the left, above the words Long Branch Railroad, is seen the roof of what may be the train shed. On its right side is seen a bell tower. At this time signaling of bells announced arrival and departures of trains, as well as ferries. This is something passed on from the ship industry to the railroads. The fact that 3 towers are seen above the street side of the center ferry terminal and there are 3 operational ferry slips, passengers arriving car respond to the ferry terminal bell to know which ferry slip has the soon to be departing ferry in it. Also ferry passengers respond to the train terminal bell signals to know when a train is soon to depart or is soon to arrive.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By toptrain on 07/11/16 at 06:38:02 - 'CRR_of_NJ_Jersey_city_1875-1878_-_Copy.jpg' 87 KB
to LFL.
 I'll post a view of the first CRRofNJ Terminal. 1875 view.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By toptrain on 07/05/16 at 14:25:44 - 'IMG_5768_s.jpg' 99 KB
photo 4, this is the best my camera has for a wide angle lenses.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By toptrain on 07/05/16 at 14:22:45 - 'IMG_5763_s.jpg' 104 KB
photo 3 the train shed concourse and a track the Reading Crusader.  
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Re:  A 1843 station at London Bridge. - By toptrain on 07/03/16 at 10:30:39 - 'London-Greenwich_viaduct.jpg' 236 KB
Here is another view from Wikipedia that is listed there as Public domain.
It is a clearer view showing the brick work of the viaduct.
 frank.  
 
Discription;  Viaduct by Bermondsay Church.

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Re:  A 1843 station at London Bridge. - By toptrain on 07/01/16 at 08:57:30 - 'Davidson_poem_b.jpg' 204 KB
Well Les, it seems that back in the Victorian age travellers didn't like London Bridge Station either. A Poem By John Davison. Here he criticizes this inadequate station.
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Re: Historic CNJ Jersey City terminal reopens today - By Local D Line on 06/22/16 at 16:05:07 - 'images80BBPFDW.jpg' 8 KB
Looks brand new...............

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Re: Elizabeth New Jersey, photos 5-16-2016 - By toptrain on 05/17/16 at 06:48:41 - 'IMG_5459_1024x768_640x480.jpg' 113 KB
New Jersey Transit station Elizabeth west bound side.
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Re: Elizabeth New Jersey, photos 5-16-2016 - By toptrain on 05/17/16 at 06:46:40 - 'IMG_5461_1024x768_640x480.jpg' 122 KB
Old CNJ mainline going west.
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Re: Elizabeth New Jersey, photos 5-16-2016 - By toptrain on 05/17/16 at 06:44:14 - 'IMG_5460_1024x768_640x480.jpg' 121 KB
Old CNJ main line going east, taken in front of station. Passing under the old PRR tracks. Now New Jersey Transit and Amtrak.
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Re: Elizabeth New Jersey, photos 5-16-2016 - By toptrain on 05/17/16 at 06:42:02 - 'IMG_5457_1024x768_640x480.jpg' 100 KB
Old CNJ station, view north side.
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Elizabeth New Jersey, photos 5-16-2016 - By toptrain on 05/17/16 at 06:41:05 - 'IMG_5458_1024x768_640x480.jpg' 92 KB
Old CNJ station 5-16-2016 view south side.

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Re: Jersey City, Ist and 2nd terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 05/10/16 at 16:11:44 - 'b_opening_note_-_Copy.jpg' 113 KB
What has been going on.
 *In my search for information on the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company being disappointed is a regular occurrence. I seem to always be picking the wrong railway projects to get interested in.  This railroad the NJRR&TCo. is the third to be granted a charter by the State of New Jersey, received theirs  on  March 7th 1832. The 1830 charter granted to the Camden and Amboy being the first, and the second going to the Patterson and Hudson River railroad on Jan.- 21- 1831. My reason for picking this railroad is because it was the first one to build a terminal on the Hudson River in New Jersey.  
* The first thing I found out about this railroads terminal was at the Jersey City Public Library in the book "From the Hills to the Hudson" by Walter A. Lucas, a book published in 1944. A map of a 1844 view of Powles Hook on p-178 and 2 smaller than postcard views of the terminal on Page 179. The top view being of the terminal from the south-west corner of Montgomery and Greens Streets. This is a 1834 view of the listed as completed terminal. The bottom view is a 848 view taken from the north-west corner of Greene and Mercer streets. The top being a poor and incomplete drawing. The bottom one drawn from a low angle, done quickly with the most basic of detail. At the Library on the wall was a 1848 map of Jersey City. In the lower right corner was a drawing of the Jersey City waterfront with tucked in its corner, a view of most of the east wall on Hudson Street. A third terminal view has been added.  
* In the next book I found out about was "From Indian Trails to Iron Horse" "Travel and transportation in New Jersey 1620-1860", by Wheaton J. Lane. Published in 1838. Now this book I was told would answer some of my questions. Being I was looking for info on the buildings of the New Jersey Railroad in Jersey City. Information here was on the problems building the railroad. What was here was the same as I found to be in the book "From the Hills to the Hudson". As to views or information on the terminal or engine facilities there was none.  
* The next book I hoped would provide me information was " Railroads in New Jersey"," The Formative Years", by John T. Cunningham. Published in 1997. The index listed 19 places where the info on the NJRR could be found. There is no list on illustrations. This big book with 328 pages has to have something for me! Well it almost didn't. Though I was underwhelmed, and there was nothing new, on page 61 in a yellow info box a statement is made, " The best material ever assembled on the NJRR&TC0. Appears in Volume 88 (1957), by " the Railway and locomotive Historical Society. Yep a bulletin of the R&LHS. After 3 expensive book gave me little I have now a chance to spend more on what?
*  Well I got the Bulletin #88.It has nothing new for me in it. Well with the 3 drawings and tax map info i have something.
*  Well folks. Let's not get excited but another book has been found. " Early American Railroads" by Franz Anton Ritter. Published in 1848. Right at the time of the first terminal. That is 125 years between publications.
*Next is a few lines from the introduction of that book. This one a translated copy released in the 1990's.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 04/03/16 at 13:30:54 - 'IMG_5221.jpg' 92 KB
14TH BOOK;  I got today a Railroadian Book of station photos on the New Jersey and New York Railroad. Volume 2. Not to proper a book because pages are not numbered. They are turn of the century photos on the stations on line from New York City ( Jersey City) to Haverstraw NY. All photos except one are on the west side of the Hudson river.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Newark Penn Station! - By Raritan Clunker on 03/28/16 at 08:06:32 - 'imagesL401NX4A.jpg' 7 KB
Oh no!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Newark Penn Station! - By NEFAN on 03/25/16 at 20:43:50 - 'CNJ_Newark_813x547.jpg' 65 KB
I first visited the station when I was 15 and met my brother on an Amtrak train returning from Jimmy Carter's Inaugural. I was amazed at the variety of trains using the station. I rode many trains from Newark over the years and it is still a wonderful art deco structure.
 
Here is a CNJ train at Newark on a cold winter day.

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Re: Jersey City, Ist and 2nd terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 03/18/16 at 16:50:28 - '2_NJRR_2nd_terminal_1857.jpg' 110 KB
A rare river view of the jersey City waterfront showing the new terminal in 1857. This view is from the east. The tower end of this terminal is on the west end on Hudson street.
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Re: Jersey City, Ist terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 03/18/16 at 16:13:11 - '9.jpg' 164 KB
This post is for the attachment of page 9 the continuation of the information on the 1857 terminal.
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Re: Jersey City, Ist terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 03/18/16 at 16:11:44 - '8.jpg' 167 KB
This next attachment will be of page 8 of the 1857 report which covers this new terminal. The next attachment is of page 9 because the terminal information extends on to this page. Other information there is on improvements to the Main Line.
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Re: Jersey City, Ist terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 03/18/16 at 15:57:00 - '1-4.jpg' 100 KB
Here is the view of the 2nd terminal as presented to the Stockholders in 1857. Here you see the terminal with its two story front, with five track entrances to the main central part of the east face of the building. The terminal view seen is facing west on Hudson street's east side. A north and a south tower give a look of a much larger building. The towers are extensions that seem to be built out from the main building. The towers add to the width of the terminal.  
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Re: Jersey City, Ist terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 03/18/16 at 15:55:21 - '2-3.jpg' 63 KB
***  Now for the Second terminal of the NJRR&T Co.
 This terminal was designed for the NJRR by one JOB Male. It was started in 1853 and complete in 1857. I found a quality drawing of the west face and south wall of this new terminal in a 1857 stock holders report.  
* This is the second terminal built in the same location as the first. The first post will show the title page of the 1857 report.
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:22:55 - 'P4135346.jpg' 125 KB
The side entrance by the passenger car.
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:21:28 - 'P4135345.jpg' 115 KB
Here are 2 more photos . The car again closer up.
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:16:25 - 'P4135344.jpg' 134 KB
Forth and last photo by me is a closer up view of the passenger car.  
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:07:09 - 'P4135343.jpg' 118 KB
Photo 3 a side view showing passenger cars along side the station.  
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:05:13 - 'P4135342.jpg' 130 KB
Photo 2, The old passenger walkway shelter.
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Re: Allentown PA. CRR of NJ, Or LV, Or P&R. - By toptrain on 03/15/16 at 07:04:05 - 'P4135341.jpg' 116 KB
Some photos I have of this station made a few years back.
Four photos, so 4 posts.
photo 1 station view from across the street.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 03/12/16 at 16:50:47 - 'IMG_5143.jpg' 78 KB
Another book, 13TH, I got today at the Greenberg train show in Edison NJ is ;
** "Readings Victorian Stations" , by Edward A. Lewis.
* This is a 120 page, soft covered book, of photos and information on all the branches of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. There are so many photos of stations in this book, very many are covered. I have not counted them. It would take to long.
*  Published in 1976.
* The station seen on the cover is Trenton Junction, in New Jersey.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 03/12/16 at 15:20:42 - 'IMG_5075.jpg' 69 KB
This forth post is a partial index of depots, to show what is covered.


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 03/12/16 at 15:19:17 - 'IMG_5074.jpg' 97 KB
Next the opening pages with titling.


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 03/12/16 at 15:17:59 - 'IMG_5073.jpg' 103 KB
** The second post is of the hard cover.


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 03/12/16 at 15:16:08 - 'IMG_5071.jpg' 96 KB
***  My twelfth book on Depots, Stations, and Terminals. You can see I snuck in the term Depot. It should have been there all the time. This book is;
** "The Vanishing Depot", by Ranulph Bye. A book of sketches of depots, mostly in color. There are 91 sketches and only a few cover signal towers, and watchman shanty's. The stations covered and from a dozen different railroads. 10 of the depots have multipole views of then. A good book on the subject of depots.
* I'll cover this book with 4 posts because of the way this forum wont allow for multiple photos being posted. I have 4 photos to post.
 frank.  
* First is a look at the dust cover. This is a sketch of the New Hope, Pa. Depot


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Re: Wynnewood Station. PRR - By toptrain on 03/10/16 at 11:08:12 - 'Wynnewood_Depot.jpg' 27 KB
This is the floor plain for Wynnewood Depot.
Frank
 


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Re: Plainfield New Jersey, CRR of NJ. - By toptrain on 03/07/16 at 14:32:52 - 'IMG_2200_-_Copy.jpg' 138 KB
The second photo is of the south side to the right of the first photo. The photo shows the old railroad track that was used to bring box cars to the arched doors of this south side of the building, where the freight cars were unloaded. All doors and windows have been removed and bricked over, sealing these openings. There was a freight yard to the south of this building,to the right. Now where only a two track main line remains operational now. I do think that the brick work of this building is excellent. It would be great to see old photos of this building when it was a freight station.
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Re: Plainfield New Jersey, CRR of NJ. - By toptrain on 03/07/16 at 14:22:00 - 'IMG_2193_-_Copy.jpg' 109 KB
* A little over 1/4 mile east of the Plainfield railroad station is still standing a Freight station . This freight station was there before the CRR of NJ raised the tracks through Plainfield. I have 3 photos but will only post 2. The first photo is of the building from the North-West. The north side being to the left. The west to the right with the office door and car on that side.  
* The freight station is a old style all brick building of two stories only on the west end. It has a Jenkins gabled roof of a type seen on other stations. The camera has dated the photo as 12-23-2014 12:03 PM. To bad they allow those vines to grow and destroy the bricks mortar. The vines should be taken off and this west wall re-pointed.  
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Re: Plainfield New Jersey, CRR of NJ. - By toptrain on 03/07/16 at 10:10:12 - 'IMG_2206.jpg' 83 KB
Here is one of my photos of Plainfield station. 2014 On the opposite side of tracks West Bound ststion.  
 Frank

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Re: Plainfield New Jersey, CRR of NJ. - By toptrain on 03/07/16 at 09:52:52 - 'Plainfield_2.jpg' 114 KB
This next postcard view is from the south of the station. Both east and west bound stations and covered walkways are seen.  
The Card is used and dated July 21,1908.
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Re: Plainfield New Jersey, CRR of NJ. - By toptrain on 03/07/16 at 09:47:17 - 'Plainfield_5.jpg' 115 KB
* A second postcard view same east bound station from track side.
 frank
 
This card also is unused.
 


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/28/16 at 08:45:27 - 'IMG_5013.jpg' 59 KB
A second photo to the left of the first is of the Locomotive and Photographic car assigned to Rau by the PRR.
* His work has been displayed over and over again, right to present time. Always drawing large numbers of people to view this collection.
* A very interesting book on the PRR.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/28/16 at 08:40:51 - 'IMG_5014.jpg' 54 KB
** My eleventh book that covers stations and terminals.
 
 With the Pennsylvania railroad they would hire professional photographers to make a photographic series of the main lines for different years. Many of the photos in on the Main Line are from these series. There is a single book on one of these series. The photographer was William H. Rau. The book is " traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad" . The Pennsylvania railroad commissioned Rau in 1891 to make this Photographic Essay of the Railroad. 86 of his photos are used in this Gallery of photos. Photos are divided into 4 sections. The main line of the New York to Philly, then Philly to Harrisburg, third Harrisburg to Pittsburg. Last section is made up of photos from 2 other divisions the Schuylkill and the Bel-Del, and the Northern Central Railway.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:59:06 - 'IMG_5006.jpg' 94 KB
My cover photo of book 10 . This is the dust cover drawing, both front and rear cover makes one large view of a station interior with all of its activity.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:56:35 - 'IMG_5002.jpg' 78 KB
My cover photo of book 9.  
* Railway Architecture ; by Marcus Binney and David Pearce. A British book covering Stations and Terminals, with lots of photos nd histories on the stations.
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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:54:10 - 'IMG_5008.jpg' 66 KB
I wont post the cover of book 8 because it is of a non-descript type. Just a red book leather hard cover with a PRR keystone on it. In stead I will post a inside the book mage page. Many station photos fill the pages of this book. A pleasant and informative book by E. P. Alexander.  
 frank


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:47:57 - 'Capture.jpg' 71 KB
Book 6 is a on-line book. Here is a copy of its cover.
* "Buildings and Structures of American Railroads".
Link to book; LINK URL

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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:33:19 - 'IMG_5007.jpg' 90 KB
Cover photo of book 5

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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:26:49 - 'IMG_4998.jpg' 93 KB
Cover photo of book 4.


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:25:17 - 'IMG_5000.jpg' 103 KB
Cover photo book 3


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:24:12 - 'IMG_4995.jpg' 76 KB
Cover photo of book 2.


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Re:  Books on Stations - By toptrain on 02/27/16 at 10:23:06 - 'IMG_4989.jpg' 77 KB
Cover photo of book 1


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Re: Jersey City, Ist terminal, NJRR, opened 1834. - By toptrain on 01/31/16 at 20:24:58 - '1848_NJRR_Terminal_JCs.jpg' 118 KB
V-64  
 
* Going along with the first reply and the partial drawing of the front of the head house of the 1st Terminal in Jersey City New Jersey. The map here shows a terminal with 9 columns across the front of the terminal. Four additional columns go up each side. 17 Columns are represented by 17 dots on the map. The columns support the temple like facade outside all three walls of the Head House. The terminal outline is shown in both the 1844 map on page 178 in" the Hills to the Hudson" and this 1848 map of Jersey City. This outline is the same on both maps. So the columned head house was there in 1844. I have seen a much poorer drawing of the waterfront seen before 1845 and it also showed the columned facade of the terminal which changes nothing
* There seem to be only 2 mentions of this terminal with only one saying anything about it. The one says it was only a train shed with no head house with no real Architectural decorations. And didn't say any nice things. This is correct for when the terminal was first used in 1834, for only the train shed was completed then. Even then the NJRR did say that there terminal was not completed and being constantly updated. When in 1838 when the cut was completed and steam roamed from this Hudson River Terminal to New Brunswick no mention of this terminal is made anywhere. Well what is shown here says that at least by 1844 the terminal was completed and it had a decorative head house. The P&HRR terminal was not opened till 1848. This railroad used the NJRR terminal before then. There terminal in Patterson was no more than a shed. I have a photo of it.  
*I have no idea of why, when this terminal was completed that there was no recorded record of a celebration on that day. There are noted celebrations recorded for  the opening of service to Newark, to Elizabeth, to Rahway, Metuchen, even a big one for Hyland Park, then called East New Brunswick, and a gigantic one for the opening of the bridge across the Raritan river and service to New Brunswick. They partied all day for that one. I have read all I can find on the NJRR&T Co. I found nothing about when it was complete. I can only tell by the dated artistic evidence available to me.  
* Here is the map. More to come, of this I am sure. I like to talk !
 Frank


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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 09/01/07 at 13:22:15 - 'CNJ_Ferry_Terminal_Jersey_City_Circa_1920s.jpg' 61 KB
And to finish our tour of 'Cathedrals of Commerce' we return to Jersey City, NJ to the ferry slips of the famous Central of New Jersey  terminal and ferry house. I would like to thank John for the opportunity to share these cards  and to everyone for posting their cards and photos!  

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 09/01/07 at 13:04:41 - '5_NYC_Utica_NY_Station_Interior.jpg' 82 KB
Interior of the Utica station....

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 09/01/07 at 13:03:35 - '1_NY_Central_Station_Utica_NY.jpg' 81 KB
This station at Utica reflects the city as one of the centers of business and travel in this part of NY State. Here is the exterior from the '20s...

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:47:00 - 'Penn_Station_Track_Platforms_Phostint.jpg' 97 KB
And the platform level.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:45:39 - 'Penn_Station_NYC_Entrance_to_Trains.jpg' 106 KB
Here is a view of the stairs leading to the track platforms below.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:44:20 - 'Penn_Station_NYC_1940.jpg' 89 KB
This is a view from the '40s.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:43:11 - 'Penn_Station_Interior_Grand_Concourse_Phostint.jpg' 67 KB
Here's another view of the Grand Concourse.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:41:38 - 'Penn_Station_Interior_Grand_Concourse.jpg' 83 KB
The interior of Penn Station included exposed iron lattice work as seen in this postcard published after its completeion. For more info on Penn Station, follow this link to the National Railroad Postcard Museum 'History on One Page' article on the construction of Penn Station.  
 
LINK URL
 
This is the Grand Concourse.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:38:12 - 'PRR_Tunnel_NYC.jpg' 81 KB
When the PRR decided to built Penn Station, it was done in secrecy to keep its bitter rival, the Central, from blocking the sale of available land. Getting into Manhattan from the New Jersey side involved tunneling under the North (Hudson) River. Here's the tunnel entrance to Penn Station.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:31:30 - 'Jersey_City_PA_Terminal.jpg' 84 KB
This is the ferry slip side of the terminal.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:30:25 - 'PRR_Jersey_City_Train_Sheds.jpg' 68 KB
Prior to the construction of Penn Station, the PRR terminated in Jersey City and passengers had to take a ferry, along with their luggage, across to Manhattan...clearly a disadvantage in light of the fact that the NY Central ran right into the heart of the city. This was clearly unnacceptable in the eys of the Pennsy's visionary management. Here is a view of the long-gone PRR train terminal in Jersey City NJ.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:19:15 - 'Grand_Central_Station_Waiting_Room_1914.jpg' 73 KB
Here is the main waiting room which was located on the 42nd Street side of the building. It has been 'renovated' and now houses junk shops and tacky merchandise stalls. This is what it originally looked like... Note the potted trees.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:15:54 - 'Grand_Central_Main_Concourse.jpg' 95 KB
Buildings of this size had both a main concourse and a main waiting room. This is a circa 1914 interior view of the main concourse.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/25/07 at 16:12:53 - 'Grand_Central_Exterior_30s.jpg' 98 KB
Years later it was decided that Park Avenue should run around the terminal building and cross over the top of 42nd Street. For those of us who remember, there used to be a Horn & Hardart right across from the terminal and to the lower left in this postcard. This card is from the '30s.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - Emporia KS {today} - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 12:51:45 - 'EmporiaKSDep2.jpg' 19 KB
Today's Amshack!!!

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce Emporia KS {Before} - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 12:49:20 - 'EmporiaKSDep.jpg' 64 KB
ATSF depot, Emporia KS 1990

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 11:03:54 - 'NorristownTerminal2.jpg' 228 KB
Norristown today.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 11:00:14 - 'NorristownTerminal.jpg' 55 KB
And the other end of the High Speed Line at Norristown, PA Elevated Terminal. The Liberty Bell Route high speed cars also used to use this Terminal.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 10:57:10 - '69thSteetTerminal2.jpg' 124 KB
69th St Terminal, Philly today.  Still very active with the Norristown high speed line.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 10:52:17 - '69thSteetTerminal.jpg' 19 KB
Another Trolley Terminal of note, 69th Street Terminal in Philly still exists, though not the original terminal building.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 10:43:28 - 'IndplsTractionTerm.jpg' 45 KB
While not exactly a Taj Mahal, the waiting room at the Indianapolis Traction Terminal was a very busy place.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/22/07 at 10:41:00 - 'IndplsTractionTerm2.jpg' 42 KB
Indianapolis Traction Terminal was also a hub for US Mail.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/19/07 at 16:46:43 - 'BirminghamALTerminal16_Today.jpg' 57 KB
 This is what Birmingham did in 1970 as a 'downtown improvement project' (site of the once grand Birmingham Terminal Station) Only thing left is the once trolley tunnel.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/19/07 at 15:39:33 - 'BirminghamALTerminal5.jpg' 50 KB
Interior of B'ham Terminal Station.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/19/07 at 15:23:48 - 'BirminghamALTerminal8.jpg' 46 KB
The Pelican and Sunnyland side by side at Birmingham

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/19/07 at 15:12:12 - 'BirminghamALTerminal7.jpg' 55 KB
More of the unique one-of-a-kind Byzantine design Birmingham Terminal.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By CarterB on 08/19/07 at 15:06:02 - 'BirminghamALTerminal6.jpg' 69 KB
The photo of Birmingham Terminal Station brought back fond memories. My father took me often there to see the "new" diesels on the Southern, and the absolutely stunning green with silver firebox steamers. I rode the Southerner and the Silver Comet from there many times.
 
6 of the 7 railroads used that terminal, including the Illinois Central, Southern, Seaboard, and Frisco. The L&N had its own station, which is what Amtrak uses today. Sadly, the historic structure was demolished for "progress" in 1969  
 
"The architect for the hulking Byzantine-inspired Beaux-Arts station was P. Thornton Marye of Atlanta, Georgia. The exterior of the building was primarily dressed in light-brown brick. Two 130-foot (39.6 meter) towers topped the north and south wings. The central waiting room covered 7,600 square feet (706 Mē) and was covered by a central dome 64 feet (19.5 meters) in diameter covered in intricate tilework and featuring a skylight of ornamental glass. The bottom 16 feet (4.9 meters) of the walls in the main waiting room were finished in gray Tennessee marble.
 
Connecting to the main waiting room were the ticket office, a separate ladies' waiting room, a smoking room, a barber shop, a news stand, a refreshment stand, and telephone and telegraph booths. Along the north and south concourses were the kitchen, lunch and dining rooms, another smoking room, restrooms, and the "colored" waiting room, a requirement of Birmingham's strict racial segregation. The north wing housed two express freight companies while the south was used for baggage and mail transfer.
 
Outside of the station were ten tracks. A series of overlapping "umbrella" sheds covered the platforms and tracks. These sheds provided protection from the rain while still letting in sunlight and fresh air.
 
An underpass, locally called a "subway" tunneled below the center of the building, allowing streetcars to pass. In 1926 a large electric sign reading "Welcome to Birmingham, the Magic City", was erected outside the station at the west end of the underpass. The sign functioned as a gateway for visitors who arrived primarily by rail and 5th avenue became a "hotel row", lined with restaurants and entertainments."

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 12:25:34 - 'Train_Gates_St_Louis_Union_Station_1925007.jpg' 88 KB
The covered area between the station doors and train gates was called 'The Midway' at the St. Louis Union Station. Note the newsstand and the woman with the parasol in this classic 1925 scene.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 12:23:36 - 'St_Louis_Union_Station_Train_Shed_Interior_1909005.jpg' 104 KB
Here's a 1909 view of the train shed interior. This postcard is almost 100 years old and gives us a real detailed look of a busy station back then. Note the loco and car types!

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 12:17:46 - 'St_Louis_Union_Station_Exterior004.jpg' 84 KB
Meet me in St. Louis! Here's a 1910 exterior view of the fabulous Romanesque St. Louis Union Station.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 11:52:42 - 'Sta010.jpg' 59 KB
This is a view of the interior of the Los Angeles Union Terminal. What a great building!

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 11:50:33 - 'SP_Oakland_Terminal.jpg' 78 KB
Here's a train gate view of the famous Southern Pacific Oakland Pier terminal where commuter and long distance trains and ferries would carry passengers over to San Francisco. It was also where the famous huge train ferry "Solano" would dock carrying the 'Overland Limited'.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 11:43:48 - 'NYNHH_Station_Waterbury_CT.jpg' 68 KB
This is a view of the still-standing Waterbury, CT NYNH&H station. It houses the local newspaper office and an Amtrak waiting room.

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Re: Cathedrals Of Commerce - By hudsonelectric on 08/18/07 at 11:41:23 - 'Union_Station_Interior_Dayton_Ohio_1908011.jpg' 79 KB
This is a 1908 view of the Dayton, Ohio 'new' Union Station. Truly an interior designed to be a 'Cathedral of Commerce'!


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