are photos of many of the prototype depots that were, and sometimes
still are, in the towns which appear on the layout.
the left is the CB&Q Douglas Depot as it looked from trackside
in 2003. It's no longer a depot - just a collection of failed
businesses. Why this isn't the same type of depot as in many of
the smaller towns I don't know. I've got plenty of detail photos
of this depot from 2003, since I'll have to scratchbuild it.
the right lower is the depot as it looked while it was still a
depot in the early 1900s. The semaphore must have been sticking or
left is Burlington's Casper depot. It still stands, though I don't
have any pictures of it. Casper's depot is almost identical to the
one in Omaha, Nebraska, which was the model for Walthers' Union
Station. I've already purchased one for placement on the layout.
right is the Chicago & North Western's Casper Depot as it
appeared in about 1915. It's now long gone.
of the Thermopolis depot. To the left, we're looking at the south
the right, we're looking northwest at the track side face of the
depot. This shot was taken about 1990. I've got plenty of detail
photos of this depot, as I plan to scratchbuild it.
the right side of this picture is the end of the Worland depot.
Northbound from this point on the line, the depots take on a
decidedly similar appearance - apparently built from the same set
of plans for several locations. This photo is from the early
Basin depot about 1917. Hmmmm..... looks a lot like Worland's old
depot, from what I can tell.....
And another view of
the Basin depot - looks almost identical to the Worland depot,
doesn't it? A bit wider, perhaps, or maybe that's an effect of
some aspect ratio stretching in the Worland or Basin photo....
we have the Greybull depot. Looks like a mirror image of Basin or
Worland. Compare these stations to the model station I've placed
in Laurel, and you can see that the model isn't that bad a
representation of these stations. That model (lower right) was
completely freelance, built well before I decided to model the
Burlington in Wyoming. Maybe some long-forgotten memory was
guiding my hand when I built it.....(if you believe in those things).
Anyway, it's quite a coincidence, and even though it differs in
quite a few details, in the overall view it's a pretty close
representation of these stations. Seeing these depot photos, I'm
now thinking I may use the depot I'd assigned to Laurel somewhere