Depot Interiors?

Discussion in 'General' started by JamesP, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. JamesP

    JamesP James Pekarek

    Although I looked through all the pictures in the depot section, there are very few indoor photos. What did the interior of the average small town, frame structure Frisco depot look like? Were the walls plaster, wall paper or individual boards? Was there wainscotting? How about the ceilings... plaster, pressed tin or other? Hardwood floors? What about trim? What colors were used inside? Any information would be appreciated...

    - James
  2. JamesP

    JamesP James Pekarek

    OK guys, since there aren't any replies to my post yet, take a look at the Liberal depot pictures. It shows vertical wainscotting, horizontal boards above that. The wainscotting and horizontal boards appear to be the same width of lumber, maybe 3-4" wide. The ceiling appears to be a smaller width, perhaps 2" wide stock that I would call carsiding or beadboard. All of the interior is painted white. Is this typical? Was the white paint from the later years of the Frisco? The way it is peeling might suggest that the wainscotting was originally stained, not painted. I am building a small depot for my live steam railroad and would like to approximate the correct interior for a small town Frisco depot. Any help on the subject would be appreciated. I remember seeing the outside of the Marshfield depot when I was a kid, but never got to look inside...:(

    - James
  3. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    I realize that this 3 years old, but I am wondering if any one might now have an answer as to "standard" Frisco depot interior colors? And would it apply to the stone depots as well?

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Most pictures that I have seen of interior shots that are in color, seem to be Depot Buff with either a Orbsonia Green or a reddish brown color, like Walnut or Teak. It's important to remember that depots, especially at the turn of the century, needed as much light inside as possible; therefore, light coloring was a big aid in doing that.

    Some depots that I see have a chair rail diving the walls. Same color above and below the rail, but the rail is painted another color, usually matching door and window trim. Others have tongue & groove below the chair rail and that is stained or painted. I don't think you'll go wrong with either, but a picture of a depot interior would go handy with yours and my projects.

    Just my .03 cents at the current rate of inflation.

  5. friscomike

    friscomike Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Howdy folks,

    There is a depot completely preserved in southwestern Oklahoma in the town of Frederick. The depot was moved offline before the BN destroyed it. The depot was preserved along with all its furniture and equipment. The local historical society has done a nice job preserving it as it was. Here is a link to their website and a few photos: The color used on the interior appears to be pale green.

    If anyone is nearby Frederick, perhaps they could swing by and take a few more color photos to share, that would be terrific.

  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Jeff and I were in Frederick during April of this year. The gate was open to the museum, so we wandered in. We grabbed a few shots before we had to leave. One of the county workers had opened the gate for a brief moment. He was kind enough to let us have a quick look before he had to leave and lock-up things. Didn't have a chance to go inside, but I did get this shot through the window of the waiting room. The depot is well-maintained.

    If anyone is in the area, be sure to stop by.

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  7. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Supporter

    Thanks. I thought there might be some new info available.

    I went through all of the All Aboards that Mike Condren has online and again, very little as to the inside build except for beadboard interiors. Nothing "standard" about the depots. All seemed to have varying interior heights, various roof pitches, windows, etc. At least when first built. Maybe some standardization occured when rebuilt after a fire. And it seems that just about every depot just on the Clinton sub was different in one aspect ot another.
  8. JamesP

    JamesP James Pekarek

    Glad to see the pictures along with the information. I ended up using bead board inside my depot, painted off white... similar to the picture of the Liberal depot interior that I mentioned. I went with a laminate floor with a somewhat dark finish to approximate the look of an old hardwood floor. Manny, you are right about needing the light color for the interior... at night, I light all three oil lamps inside the depot and it is still very dim compared to modern lighting. The oil lamps put off a lot of heat and fumes, too! I guess that just adds to the old time atmosphere...
  9. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    While it's a little beyond the standard, small-town depot, I recently posted a link that includes a nice interior photo of the old Frisco passenger depot in Cape Girardeau, MO:

    However, for the "standard" Frisco, I believe the photos that Karl has posted of the Frederick, OK depot best represent what most towns would have seen. I recall the interior of Lee Chronister's old depot in Chaffee being the same color.

    Best Regards,

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Dang, if that depot green isn't the most difficult shade of green to match. I'll keep trying.
  11. Ishmael

    Ishmael Member

    When I bought my house in 1963, there was a Frisco Depot at MP11, Gravois, a short walk from my house. I visited a few times and took some photos, but was very busy at the time with other things. Next thing I knew, they had torn it down. I do remember that green on the interior. It probably is hard to match. I always called it "institutional green" because many local hospitals used that color. I'd say any light green would do in HO.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    I am going to use Slate Green from Americana Acrylics. DA281. Very light green with a hint of gray.
  13. tomd6 (Tom Duggan RIP 2/11/2018)

    tomd6 (Tom Duggan RIP 2/11/2018) Passed Away February 11, 2018

    I believe the green color was sea foam green composed of green paint with a touch of black.In segregated states such as Arkansas the black waiting room was normally adjacent to the freight room. The black waiting room walls were made of plaster or something similar.

    SAFN SAAP Member

    The Slate Green color from Americana is perfect for inside the depots in my eyes. Just enough green, just enough gray to tone it, and you don't look like it's a Pistachio fest inside. I wonder how many of us model segregation on our Turn of the Century layouts? I know that I will be. Down here in SA, they had "Immigrants" homes for the railroad workers. They actually had that written right across the buildings. Got pictures of it. Dangest thing y'all ever did see.

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