Posts Tagged ‘Michigan railroad stations’

Inside the Durand Station

August 18, 2016

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Durand, Michigan, is like many small towns served by Amtrak in that twice or more a day, people start gathering to wait for the train.

In the case of Durand, a caretaker opens the waiting room of the former Durand Union Station. In many places, the Amtrak “station” is a glorified bus shelter.

But Durand Union Station has been saved and preserved with part of the structure serving as the Michigan Railroad Museum.

The “union” in the station’s name derives from the fact that it was served passenger trains of the Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor railroads.

It has been several decades since the Ann Arbor last ran a passenger train and the former AA tracks on the east side of the depot have been removed.

Shown are a handful of passengers in the waiting room in July 2016 as they awaited the arrival of Amtrak No. 365, the westbound Blue Water for Chicago.

It is a ritual as timeless as the feel of this old passenger station, which has seen several generations waiting here before embarking on a journey.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Michigan Passenger Station Goes on the Block

August 4, 2015

A passenger station that once served the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific in Menominee, Michigan, is for sale.

Designed by architect James Nettenstrom in the late Victorian style, the depot was built in 1903 and saw its first train on Dec. 30.

It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1977 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Much of the original design of the station has been preserved, including the original windows, storm windows, woodwork and railroad safe. The original platform and brickwork are intact.

Centered on 1.1 acres, the depot has more than 2,000 square feet of interior floor space and about 500 square feet of outdoor area under the passenger pavilion.

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