Discussion in 'Depots Q-Z' started by douglas, Jun 23, 2004.
St. James, MO - 1988
My October 1988 photo. Isn't this beauty still standing? Doug Hughes
Frisco Depot St. James Mo
Here is a contemporary view of the Saint James station. Photographed on August 28, 2007 by Rich Lawler.
That's looking Northeast from my old boyhood home side of the tracks. There is Cardetti's store in the background. My parents were friends with Leo Cardetti. Great photo.
When our son Kurt was a boy, we used to always take a fishing trip or two in the Ozarks each summer, usually at or around Maramec Springs between St. James and Steelville, because it is such a pretty spot. Kurt would try for trout; I'd be happy just playing with the crazy bluegill and sunfish. We would usually then spend a night in Rolla - had to have a pizza dinner at Pryors (still there, still open, still good!).
We would always take in some Frisco watching each evening. You could usually hear an eastbound start up Rolla Hill from Newburg, so it was easy to run down to the Rolla station, or to the wood bridge, or up to 1501, or to some other favorite local spot to watch the train reach the summit and roll through Rolla. Then the trick was to get in the car, buckle up, and drive swiftly up to St. James to catch the same train at the St. James station. We probably did that at least ten-twelve times through the years we took those trips. Every once in a while it wouldn't work because the train apparently went into the hole at Dillon, but if we were patient, we then caught the westbound at St. James instead.
Kurt still has a penny a Frisco SD45-F9B-SD45 set mashed for us at the St. James station.
St. James, MO Station - 1924 Sanborn map
St. James, Mo station 2009
Please see the following link for a trackside view of the St, James, MO depot.
http://www.depotmaps.com/Images/DepotMO/StJames[SLSF]MO.jpg (southwest corner)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/84263554@N00/4131434206/sizes/l/ (southeast corner)
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=685710 (southeast corner, 10/20/2006)
The depot's agent / operator bay faces south southeast. Railroad west is to the left.
The depot address is 211 Meramec Street (aka 152 West Springfield Street).
Hope this helps.
Here are the latest pix (taken 3-12-2010) of the St James depot - apparently undergoing restoration to a more original look. Also they are in the process of removing and will re-lay the platform bricks (according to a local).
Seems to be a tasteful renovation done with some care and planning.
The way it was .....
Nice to see a very tasteful job being done
(the colors probably aren't original, but I certainly won't hold that against them).
Noticed from Ken's photo that it looks as if an asbestos shingle siding salesman got to it at one time. Our remolded house in Waldo, AR had those.
- they did not take too kindly to my fouled baseballs.
What year was this photo taken?
Photo is not dated. Late 1950's I think. I'm guessing.
I've taken a few photos of the depot, a few years after the restoration. Sadly, couldn't get any of the inside, due to a party being held in there. It looks quite nice, though!
Looks like maybe they've put in the brick pavers on the platform since Keith's pictures? It's a nice touch. I'm a little amazed that it wasn't razed, post-1980.
Anyone have building foot print dimensions, window, door size? I would like to scratch build this station since I have St. James on the layout.
There is a *.pdf file of the floor plan for "MO.St James" in a folder on my hard drive called "MO Depot Plans from R Napper and Frisco org." That means it is on here somewhere. If I recall, these floor plan files were organized by state. Someone else may be able to help you find front, rear and side elevations.
I don't know this is at an angle
Sure looks much better with the board & batten siding in place of the asbestos shingles. Be neat if they could find an order board to go in front. Good job!
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