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Abandoned Railroad Station May Get a New Life – Monson Junction, Maine

OHU50K first featured this building last year when it was up for sale for $10,000. While it looks sad and forlorn now with its windows peering out like an empty soul, new life may soon be infused into the abandoned Monson Junction Station in Maine.

 

 

The old railroad station was a depot on the Greenville Branch of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, a branch used initially to carry slate.

During the early days, the Monson Junction to Greenville section of line was a nightmare of reverse curves and hills, but by the early 1900s a new route with steel rails was built and improvements were made to Monson Junction Station. The second floor contained living space for the agent, and in 1925, agent Thomas Day and his new bride moved in.

 

 

The depot was a bustling place in those days with 25 trains coming through daily.

 

 

Sadly, by the 1960s, business had declined, passenger service had ended, and rails were ripped out by track crews in 1962. For decades the depot sat abandoned and deteriorating.

 

 

Only an occasional milepost along the tracks, and the ghostly presence of the Monson Junction Station held the memories of the glory days of Monson, Maine, railroading.

 

 

Hopefully, that may soon change. The depot was just purchased in January of 2021, and the new owner states that a full restoration is planned to turn the station into a store/restaurant for snowmobile traffic.

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