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Cliff Olson

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Monson Jct.
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:21:35 PM »
Monson Junction is disappearing due to expansion of the gravel pit that was started several years ago on the ROW at the south end of the B&A yard.  In addition, a small pond is being created in part of the junction area - - the water source apparently is the well once used to supply the MRR water tank. 
The B&A station at the north end of the yard is still standing (and may be for sale) but needs a lot of work.  Thus, for now, the Monson remains as the only Maine narrow gauge RR with all original depots still in existence.

John Kokas

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 11:44:32 AM »
If it is going to be sold/bulldozed, is this something the gravel company may want to donate?  Could this be something that could be disassembled, moved, and reassembled/restored on the WW&F?  (Head Tide or picnic area or ?)  Thoughts..................

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 01:48:47 PM »
I think the gravel company is an individual, the same person who owns at least part of the former B&A ROW to Greenville and most of the former Monson Maine Slate Company properties. I do not believe that he has any interest in donating the Monson Jct. station, and I do not know his plans for the station if and when the gravel operation reaches that far north.  ATV's still operate through or around the gravel pit to use the Greenville Branch ROW.

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 03:40:29 PM »
The Monson Jct. station is a huge building. It would require a board by board removal to transport that distance. A huge undertaking. Even to move it into town would be something. I do hope it is spared in it's original location.
   Last time I was there, the building looked like it had settled about a foot over the years. The flashing on the chimney was what led me to that conclusion.
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Bill Sample

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010, 03:50:42 PM »
To expand on Mike's report, the last time I saw the Monson Jct. station about 5 years ago I got a good look at it as the brush had been cut around it.  Looked to me that the sills were shot, probably causing the droop.  It had been used as a hay storage barn a few years before my visit.  What has saved the building so far is probably the slate roof.

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2011, 05:52:46 PM »
 I haven't been up that way for several years now.  Is there is anything new to report concerning the Monson Jct. area and station building?

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2011, 07:13:07 PM »
Here is a picture that I took in August of this year:

« Last Edit: September 21, 2011, 07:14:52 PM by John McNamara »

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Re: Monson Jct.
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 05:20:45 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, John.  Your photo shows the building is pretty much in the same shape as it was when I last saw it, except maybe it has settled a bit more:  note the flashing on the chimney where the roof used to be!