Thursday, July 7, 2011

Railway Express Agency


At one time, the local railroad station was the commercial center of a town. Anything that was bought and sold went through the station, either on the way in or out. It was also often the first view visitors and returning citizens saw of their town. A lot of stuff went on at the station, and the stationmaster and his crew needed to be ready for just about anything. This included loading and unloading rail cars, helping customers, and hauling luggage.

This antique cart is in front of the nicely restored station at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.

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