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A Field Guide to Southern New England Railroad Depots and Freight Houses

by John H. Roy, Jr.

This delightful book is a once-over-lightly introduction to the 455 existing railroad depots and freight houses in [southern]New England. . . . [T]he field guide should sell well and have wide appeal. It deserves a place in the trunk, glove compartment, or backpack of any reader of IA who happens to be roaming around southern New England.

Industrial Archeology

AT THE height of the railroad era, nearly every community in New England had at least one depot and freight house around which the town center grew. With the decline of the railroads throughout the twentieth century, however, scores of these historic structures have been lost, including many architectural gems. But even today hundreds of railroad stations and freight houses survive, sometimes years after the last train ran and the rails were removed. Recent decades have seen new stations built to serve still-active rail lines. Former stations have been recycled as offices, gift shops, private homes, government buildings, and a few even as churches.

John H. Roy, Jr., has spent the last fifteen years tracking down every station, depot, and freight house still extant in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In this handbook he provides a comprehensive guide to all 467 such structures—past and present—that survive today. Each entry includes a photograph of the structure, the date it was built, its use today, and brief historical and architectural notes. Rail fans, modelers, architecture enthusiasts, local history buffs, and historical preservationists will find a wealth of information to help them explore this important aspect of New England's architectural and railroad heritage.

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Field Guide to Southern NE RR Depots

6" x 9" paperback, 352 pages, 480 photographs, $19.95
ISBN 978-0-942147-08-7

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