Monday, November 25, 2013
Lex Anteinternet: The light rail revival of Union Station.: One of the classic buildings in downtown Denver is Union Station . The beautiful 1914 vintage was truly a railroad union, uniting a whole ...
Friday, November 15, 2013
These photographs might not seem to show much, but in a way, the illustrate the rise, decline, and rebirth of American rail.
This is the spot where the Burlington Northern crosses the 33 Mile Road in Natrona County, Wyoming. While not really detectable here, it's also the spot where the Great Northwestern once joined the Burlington Northern, and where there was a spur line into the Casper Air Base. Some years ago, all that was taken out.
After that, however, the BN rebuilt their line with modern taller, and uniform, rail, reflecting increased rail traffic in the area.
Up on the hill an abandoned farm house looks down on the long lasting scene. The farm ground is still farmed, but the farmer no longer needs to live there, and hasn't for decades.
This is the Union Pacific Depot in Rawlins, Wyoming. The depot was built in the late 19th Century. Post cards from the early 20th Century show the depot with a nice lawn next to it.
Rawlins is a major Union Pacific town with a substantial rail yard today. Indeed, in some of these photographs you can see a Union Pacific train in the yard. But passenger service is long gone.
The depot as viewed from one of Rawlins' main downtown streets.
The Union Pacific gifted the depot to Rawlins which has converted it into a train museum, a fitting use for a structure that played a major role in the life of the community.