locked Re: Gordonsville, Virginia

George Eichelberger

Most wood depots were built on pilings with wooden framework. In addition to being easier and faster to build, land prep was simpler. Another benefit of that construction method, many were sold, sometimes cut into sections to be moved off railroad property. Typical price was around $100.

Brick buildings are another completely different construction style, many survive to this day. In some cases, the brick structures were built because an earlier frame building burned. In a few instances, the entire business district of a town burned and an ordinance was passed that required brick construction. For “important” towns, it was not uncommon for the original wood depot to be converted to a freight house and replaced by a brick version.

Note that none of the wood depot plans include “indoor plumbing”. The Southern had “standard” designs for one, two and four “seat” (?) versions. No documentation has been found that provides a formula for which was to be built at a particular location. There is at least one photo in the SRHA archives that shows the privy directly in front of the depot but across the track…..an unusual excuse for missing a train.


On Jun 9, 2019, at 9:31 AM, Cohen Bob via Groups.Io <orl96782@...> wrote:


Absolutely correct of various types of a basically same depot for expected revenue. Then you also had to add in the land setup. gradient/s, etc. to the mix but I doubt there would have been too much differences since stations were mostly constructed on flat lands or flattened lands for a more uniform way of things.

Neat stuff.


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