Do you have a photo of an M&StL depot?
Help build a photo database for all M&StL fans. I'll add a copy of all that are sent. Either email a scanned copy (.jpg / .gif / .bmp formats preferred .jpg being the best) or send a photo with an addressed return envelope. Any loaned photos will be promptly returned. If you have duplicate copies I would be interested in purchasing a copy too.
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I took the town names off system maps so please let me know if there was not a depot in a town and I will make a note.
NOTE: Someone sent me a very nice depot picture on about Sept. 9, 2000 and my computer crashed before I could add it to the collection. I can't remember who sent it or which town it was from so please try to send it to me again.
From Railway Age, January 27, 1958, page 13:
M&StL stations "dualized" in Iowa approved by Iowa State
Commerce Commission in early 1958.
Union-Liscomb (first one, effective Jan 1, 1958)
Permission was denied to dualize
As a result M&StL closed Wayland, Olds, Mallard, Plover and Albion.
From Railway Age, April 7, 1958, page 9:
M&StL stations "dualized" in Minnesota approved by Minn RR & Warehouse Commission in early 1958.
Hazel Run-Hanley Falls
Dualization of St. James-Ormsby was put on hold for 6 months and Franklin-Fairfax was denied.
Some notes from Sam Sherman: The last M&StL passenger train was July 21, 1960 as the last passenger trains 13 and 14 Minneapolis to Watertown. The Morton, MN depot and hotel tore down 1969. The second Delhi depot is an office for the county landfill. All the depots from North Redwood west except Belveiw were two story. This part of the railroad was financed by the Rock Island, ad as far as I can tell these were RI standard depots. The town of Belveiw was started latter and has the same style depot as Fairfax and Franklin's was the same. Franklin's was moved to a farm, but I have never found it. Sam
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A freight house from Kilkenny, MN that is being moved to
the Gopher State Railway Museum in New Prague MN.
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The Spring 1994 issue of Northwestern Lines includes an article by R. C.
Lathrop entitled "Watertown and West--M&StL's Final Expansion. On
Page 54 the author identifies 3 basic types of depots built by the MD&P,
a road which at that time the M&StL was parent to.
SS-1 - Basic single story depots were at Wallace, Crocker, Brentford, Chelsea, Cresbard, Wecota, Tolstoy, Hoven, Lowry, Randolph, Stratford, Mahon, Richmond and Wetonka.
SS-1a - Same as SS-1 but with larger rooms were at Florence, Bradley, Conde, Mellette, Northville, LeBeau and Leola.
TS-1 - 2 story w/living apt. on 2nd floor were at Crandall, Onaka & Akaska.
Depots at Yahota, Norbeck & Carlyle were of unknown style.
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