Passenger Station Architecture

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Mon Jul 4 12:29:40 EDT 2016


You probably recognize that the building at the center right edge of the
West End Radford Depot photo still stands today giving a little perspective
of where the station stood. The photo would have been taken from the highway
bridge over the New River built in 1891.

John Garner


Radford Trust Building!/ll/37.1343193054199,-80.5748214721

Highway Bridge!/ll/37.1348724365234,-80.5756759643

Street View,+Radford,+VA+24141/@37.1342279,-

Several station seem to share similar architectural features, Bluefield,
> Salem, Bedford, Buena Vista and Marion come to mind.

Add in the West End station in Radford and the adjacent Radford Inn. A quick
Google search turned up a couple of photos/images that show a similar
architecture to the others on Ken's list.

One is "What Was There" with a blurry image of the station and this

"In 1890, Norfolk and Western opened a passenger station (right) in
Radford?s West End. The rail station was accessed by Randolph Street and
served the area until 1931, when it was closed, and then sat vacant until
1938 when it was demolished. It is believed that the stones from the
structure were used to construct the Masonic Lodge on Downey Street and
Nesselrod on the New, which is now a bed and breakfast."

Image featured in ?Then & Now: Radford? by Scott L. Gardner and the Radford
Public Library. More information at Arcadia Publishing!/ll/37.1393165588379,-80.5752716064

A Google book has line drawings of the station and inn -- "Reference Book of
the Norfolk & Western Railroad Co." published when Frederick Kimball was
president of the *railroad* company.
Page 36 has the image; it is also interesting to see the grandiose proposed
Union Station for Bristol.


Bruce in Blacksburg

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