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A Tour of the Ithaca Train Station

Today, April 6, 2019, as part of the festival of Bezmas, a few of us joined a tour of the original Ithaca Train Station, which until recently was the Ithaca Bus Station, and is currently unused. Originally the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station was built in 1912 and was a stop on a line between Ihtaca and Owego. The railroad line carried passengers until 1942, and freight until 1956. Then it was a bus station. The tour was hosted by Gene Endres, a member of The History Center in Tompkins County and a member of the Cornell Railroad Historical Society..

I wanted to test out a new wide angle lens I recently bought (a Tokina 11-20mm DX). So I took a bunch of pictures. Here are 45.

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Rob and Dianne near the train station ticket counter.

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The train station ticket counter.

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Bez and Shoshe arrive at the train station.

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Gene Endres, the tour guide.

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The ornametation in the walls include Cornell's colors (red and white).

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More ornamentation with Cornell colors in it.

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Outside the train station (on the western side).

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Gene Endres talking about the train station (from the northern side).

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The flagpole was called the Cornell flagpole (where they flew a flag on days...(more)

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My reflection, as well as Rob and Dianne's, can be seen in the window.

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Gene Endres talking on the eastern side of the Train Station.

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Facing north, looking at the northern half of the station.

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The tour group listening to the history of trains in Ithaca.

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Bez taking a picture of the crowd.

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The (former) Ithaca Train Station.

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The Tompkins Trust Company bank is almost connected to the train station to...(more)

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There is a pay phone outside of the train station. We wondered how many people...(more)

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Inside the station, there are some nautical-themed ornamentation on the walls.

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More sailing boals by the water "fountain".

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Some cool shields on the wall of the train station.

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Behind the ticket counter.

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The cigarette box repurposed into a pen holder behind the ticket counter.

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An empty safe in the luggage/freight room on the south side ofhte station.

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The door to the luggage/freight room.

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A cute poster on luggage with the "baggage buddy" mascot. The copyright on...(more)

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Rob taking a picture of...opaque glass?

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The marble counter outside the operations office at the train station.

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In the operations office, there were some old-ish things in the cabinets and...(more)

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In the draw was a card from 1963 that was a water and sewar bill for $39.31. ...(more)

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An old document that looks to be about some of the "new" freight laws of 1947.

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Baggage tags. I think for the railroad, not the buses.

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A wiring box (not a fuse box!) in the operations office. This really looked...(more)

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There's a paper on the box that might describe the building's wiring. While it...(more)

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A close-up of some of the wires coming down into the box. THe black one in the...(more)

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I thought it was a bell at first, but just a junction with wires goign down to...(more)

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This one's cool. Shoshe discovered that in the coat closest in the operation's...(more)

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Some record temperatuers from the 1930s are visible here including -24°F on...(more)

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A note about jobs being abolished and that the February 1934 temperature broke...(more)

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More old documents that were in a drawer.

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A safe in the operations room.

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The lable on the safe.

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Frank tends the ticket counter.

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The pay phone provides some free calls.

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Dianne is pretty suspicious of the "blessing line", as the recording says...(more)




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