Friday, February 13, 2015

train of thought

Wycombe, Pennsylvania is a history buff’s delight.


It’s a small Victorian town about 28 miles north from center City Philadelphia. I visited last October.


Founded in 1891 when the railroad line came through, it literally sprung up over just 20 years time, until about 1915.


Most of the original buildings are still intact, leading to a National Historic designation in 1985.

A visit here is like stepping back in time.

The Wycombe train station is of special interest to me because my great-grandfather was station master here.

I have faint memories of him, but it’s not possible to remember him as the station master because the railroad ceased to run in 1953 when I was still a baby.

But I visited until college and thinking back, 
I remember this station very well.

This small Victorian building from 1891 is locally beloved and was restored in 2008-2009.

My Mother remembers doing her homework as a little girl inside the round stationmaster‘s office.

Today it’s a tourist railroad to New Hope, restoring service on this line over 60 years later.

Circle complete!

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