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Depot friends get ready for celebration on Aug. 18

A young Alan MacMillan watches a steam locomotive at the Greenville Jct. Depot in 1949. He was inspired to become a railroad engineer for the B&M railroad. Contributed photo
A young Alan MacMillan watches a steam locomotive at the Greenville Jct. Depot in 1949. He was inspired to become a railroad engineer for the B&M railroad. Contributed photo
Posted Aug. 06, 2012, at 12:42 p.m.
Friends of the Greenville Jct. Depot pose with signs spelling “this place matters”
Friends of the Greenville Jct. Depot pose with signs spelling “this place matters”

GREENVILLE JCT.— The second annual Depot Celebration and Railroad Workers Reunion takes place at the Greenville Junction Depot on Saturday, August 18. Folks will be invited to take a tour of the old station and learn about the railroad history of this area from those who knew, those who worked for the railroad or had family involved. The railroad was key to the development of the Moosehead region and the junction depot was built in 1889. The familiar “Witch’s Hat” wasn’t added until sometime between 1901 and 1910.

Plans have been made by the depot committee to make this tour of the station informative and fascinating. Interestingly, the women’s waiting area was separated from the men’s, and painted in the “approved” Canadian Pacific Railroad color – Pea Green. Most of the other rooms in the station were white plaster or wood.

The Depot Celebration is slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; there are vendors planning to attend including artist Milt Christianson who has done so much to promote the depot through his artwork. Vendors related to railroad memorabilia and hobby railroading will be on site as will Spring Creek BBQ. There’s a touch of music to round out the offerings – even a few railroading tunes.

Many exciting items will be raffled off with proceeds and contributions to the tour going into the fund for the move and restoration of this landmark, now known as one of the most endangered historical buildings to save in Maine.

The Friends of the Greenville Junction Depot, which includes James Crandall, 83, the depot’s last station master, hope to raise about $500,000 to move the depot with its across Route 15 onto state-owned land, where it would be rehabilitated and turned into a community center. Crandall and his wife Brenda will be on hand with stories and factoids about this extraordinary building. Retired CPR Section Foreman Bob Roberts, who lives in Monson and collects railroad memorabilia, will participate in the Railroad Workers Reunion and bring his Velocipede, a popular Hand Car used by rail crews for many years. Railroad workers attending this year’s celebration are familiar with this line running through Greenville Junction and will share a wealth of anecdotes and stories about their days on the tracks.

Friends of the Depot made very successful appearance at the H.O.G. Rally on Sat., July 21, 2012 with more than $200 dollars raised and generating much interest. For more information about “Celebrate the Depot” and the Greenville Junction Depot, call (207) 691-0731, email info@greenvilledepot.org, or log onto www.greenvilledepot.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Last year’s celebration was attended by 500 people and raised $4,000 dollars to save the Depot.

Come celebrate on August 18 – you’ll have a wonderful time!

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