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  1. Adam Moss says:

    As I believe I mentioned last week, the current Otisville station was constructed in 1954 with a brand new depot after tracks at FX (Guymard Junction or Graham Junction) were merged in the previous years to make a new line from Howells Junction. The station in downtown Otisville, seen in the historical photo above, was constructed in 1858 on a different set of tracks.

    Don’t quote me on the date, because I do not have that number, but the depot constructed in 1954, which was a bland white and green building with platform was demolished before 1980.

    • Emily says:

      You did, but the photo was undated, so I wasn’t sure which station this was and I didn’t want to say the wrong thing :P

      • Adam Moss says:

        You’re using a James E. Bailey photograph, dated 1909. James E. Bailey was a switch operator out on the Erie’s Meadville Division (later worked at Youngstown). He was also hired from 1907-12 as the Erie’s official station photographer, and was given a private train all to his own to travel the Erie system and take all the photographs. For 1900s standards, Bailey’s work is good and got an idea of how large the Erie system was. There are over 600 plates of his work.

        • Emily says:

          Thank ya… hopefully the caption reflects that better now.

          Must admit, having a private train to travel and take photos is pretty badass.

          • Adam Moss says:

            Well, except for the fact that it took 5 years, and we’re talking early technology. It would be nice for us nowadays, but sadly won’t happen.

            It sucks that you won’t get to cover Guymard (Graham) station, but that’s quite alright. Port Jervis will be fun to read, plus I have some good stuff for the PVL.

            – Also I forgot this piece that I had written for Tuxedo while the site was acting up for me: During the time of Erie president Frederick Underwood’s tenure, meetings with the board would commonly be held up intentionally by the board with silly debates including one well known one, what color should the Tuxedo station be painted?” Talk about railroad filibusters.

          • Emily says:

            I had hoped to get over to at least Goshen and Chester, but the day I was going to do it was downpouring. Perhaps at some point!

            If you want to email me anything I must make sure I say for the PVL, send it to info@iridetheharlemline.com. I’m going to try and write them over the weekend, since I’ll be on vacation. I’ll set the blog to post them automatically.

  2. Otto Vondrak says:

    Control Point “OV” is my favorite Control Point on the entire railroad. :-)

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