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Pensacola Cannonball: 1906

Pensacola, Florida, circa 1906. "Louisville & Nashville Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Pensacola, Florida, circa 1906. "Louisville & Nashville Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Looks like the Tallahassee Depot!

What is left of our depot here in Tallahassee looks very similar to this one reportedly in P'cola. At least we have retained/rehabilitated our depot. Sadly, the train doesn't stop here anymore.

The Depot Today

Here's what's left of the Pensacola Depot today -- an Amtrak station for which service has been discontinued as a results of track damage from Hurricane Katrina.

The Case of the Curious Cupola.

Does the tower have a specific purpose like yard switching, or is it strictly to satisfy the style of the times? It looks like there's something in there.

It was spared this fate

This building was replaced in 1912 by a new L&N terminal which is now the entrance to the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

I hope the ol' cannonball

brought some feed for those horses.

I love this depot.

It's too bad that most of the beautiful buildings like that have been torn down.

Raised Coupler

This is the earliest incarnation I've seen of a coupler that stows away unobtrusively when not in use. It is also the only one I've ever seen that flipped upward. Many later locomotives would feature a drop-coupler pilot; after that came the horizontal-swing coupler. The up-coupler apparently never caught on.

Taxi stand

Are the carriages taxis waiting for train passengers or personal coaches waiting for their owners to return?

Tallahassee or Bust

What a beautiful picture; I wonder whether the smart young fellow (presumably an employee of the depot, or the railway) standing toward the front of the locomotive is dreaming of the day when, just, maybe, he might be an engine driver, too.

If he is, he will be just one of maybe millions over the years who were captivated by the life that those machines appeared to possess.

A beautiful building, too. I thought it odd at first that there are no motor cars visible, but maybe 1906 was just a few years too early.

Oh -- you call the drivers engineers, as I recall!

Another picture containing a wealth of detail and of life. Thank-you!

David in England

Nice Ride

That buggy on the right appears to be one of those sleek '05 Fastbacks.

No Feedbags for Nags

Couple of those horses on the right need some provender or it's strictly glue city.

Station Life

What a great picture! I love that locomotive. Looks like it has an early iteration knuckle coupler. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that she was originally equipped with link and pin. I also notice that a human leg is sticking out from behind the tender truck. I hope it's still attached to its owner!

I'm shocked

that the L&N don't stop here anymore.

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