Many UPRR depot buildings and freight facilities were “re-purposed” when the railroad no longer had a need for them. In some instances, the “no longer needed” infrastructure has become famous and useful in the new role. An example is the brewery in the former Cheyenne, Wyoming depot. A less common use was the fate of the UPRR freight station located in Lakewood, Cal. The images below have the details.
The building has been demolished since the images were made by the author over ten years ago. However, the small yard is still receiving shipments of construction materials and christmas trees. At night, I can hear the mournful honk of the diesel’s horn. I must say, I prefer the sounds produced by the six chime SPRR whistle recently used on our 2-6-2 Prairie locomotive at the Orange Empire Railway Museum.
Here is a link to more about the six chime whistle:
What is now a branch line ending at Lakewood, used to be the SP,LA&SL line to Long Beach and the harbour.
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