This is a photo taken off the Internet of what & where the train station was located in my old hometown. Since I lived here in Fleetwood for many years I never really paid any attention to the station until just recently. To me back then it was just some building that was there. Never knew what it was. I went past this building many many times. Even used to ride my bicycle around it. In my HS days I just didn’t care what it was. Now, in much later years, that I’ve taken a interest in the History around my area, I decided to go take a look at a building that is still there after all these years.
Back in the early years way before I was even born, the Train Station was a frequent stop for trains going to and coming from Philadelphia & Allentown. Gradually, the trains stopped using the station and it fell into disrepair for years. It was not used anymore, so it just sat there. Trains still travel the tracks on a frequent basis, but are no longer passenger cars. It’s used as a freight line now, with many freight trains passing by. Nothing stops here anymore. It’s faded into History.
So, with all this in mind, I got up early and made a short drive out there to beat the heat of the day. It’s been awful hot here the past 10 days, so I thought to go there and shoot some images before it get’s just too darn warm. The sun get’s rather hot later on in the morning.
Here’s what the old station looks like now with the train tracks next to it just as before. It doesn’t look as it did. Time has changed it’s appearance. There is no train platform, but a loading place is still there. Windows are boarded up with no glass in them. I was informed that it’s now used as a storage building for something that I don’t know. All the old wooden doors had locks on them, so I could not get inside. I asked if I could go inside, but that was denied. Why, I don’t know. In the background is a large grain truck and further back is the old building that once was where Fisher Body Works built the Cadillac chassis way back in 1929. That’s a whole other story.
Here is looking at the front of the station. I had to crop the image, because of too much other distracting things were in the pic. Browns Feed Mill was just one of them.
Right next to & behind the train station is Browns Feed Mill that also has been here for many years. Wheat Grain is brought here to be processed into flour for bread making. The Grain Car shown transports wheat grain and then loaded into the huge silo’s you see on the right. The process of making the flour from the grain is another long story. The Grain is also brought in via truck that can carry over 34000 lbs. of grain!
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3 thoughts on “THE OLD FLEETWOOD TRAIN STATION”
Your post reminded me of railroads in my early childhood, I grew up outside of Nashville and the L&N railroad, freight and passenger, was our line. I remember an exciting trip our kindergarten class took from a town about 40 miles out into the magnificent Union Station in Nashville. Now the line is of course defunct and the station is a hotel, but…I still love trains. Good thing I now live where I can take them pretty often. Thank you for the post, I always like learning about trains.
Thanks for your comment. There are a few old train stations left over around here. That was just one of them. There are others. Up in the Coal Region just North of here, there are a number of them from when Coal was King. Maybe I should go back up there and photograph what still remains?
I think so. Because when they are gone, they are gone, and I think it is important to capture these memories if possible. I know that time moves on, but I also think that it can be very important to be able to look back and to have perspective on what today given what has come before.