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Title: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Anthony Vo on January 07, 2021, 11:02:26 AM
I found this and was quite interested in it: https://realtyofmaine.com/listing/1470577/4-monson-junction-lane-abbot-me-04406/
I'm not sure if it is true besides the fact that the structure is still standing. Closest thing to a date is that the tax year of when the property got put on the website was 2019.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: John McNamara on January 07, 2021, 01:12:55 PM
The real estate listing says, "This is an old railroad station known as the Monson Junction Station was used to transfer slate from Monson to the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. Has not been used since 1944. Has a slate roof. The building is in dire need to be restored. Located right on the ATV/snowmobile trail. No well, septic. Building may not be safe to enter." I'm not sure how to post an image here, but I'll be happy to post one to the WW&F Facebook site.
-John M

Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Mike Fox on January 07, 2021, 01:44:06 PM
John, if you have an image, sent it by email to me and I'll put it up for you.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on January 07, 2021, 02:34:47 PM
These are the photos posted with the real estate listing:

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(https://usm-feed-maine.s3.amazonaws.com/5442720b61330ac2e8a373f1c97ac265-2-.jpg)

(https://usm-feed-maine.s3.amazonaws.com/5442720b61330ac2e8a373f1c97ac265-3-.jpg)

Scroll the window to see the right side of each photo.

Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Keith Taylor on January 07, 2021, 03:10:18 PM
It’s well ventilated.....

Keith
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Philip Marshall on January 07, 2021, 03:30:29 PM
Very interesting. "Pending" implies a sale is already in the works, so we will have to wait and see what happens.

My first visit to Monson Junction was on a family vacation in the 1980s, almost 35 years ago (!), and the building was probably unsafe to enter even then. I remember my dad poked his head inside (after asking my brother Steve and me to stay where we were) and found BAR waybills from the 1960s scattered around, so the station was still in use well after 1944.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Benjamin Richards on January 07, 2021, 04:12:11 PM
That floating chimney flashing is an interesting feature...  :o
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: John McNamara on January 07, 2021, 05:00:30 PM
That floating chimney flashing is an interesting feature...  :o
Interesting how neatly pointed the bricks are in the formerly above-roof (i.e visible) portion and how sloppy the work is below that. The building certainly shows the positives (endurance) and negatives (weight) of slate roofs.

My August 2011 photos are nearly identical. Thanks for posting these.
-John M
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Benjamin Richards on January 07, 2021, 11:28:13 PM
Interesting how neatly pointed the bricks are in the formerly above-roof (i.e visible) portion and how sloppy the work is below that.

I didn't notice it at first, but now that you mention it, I was just up in the attic of my own home, and my chimney is the same. It does seem difficult to maneuver a jointer down in around the rafters and sheeting. For something that's not expected to see weather, it really doesn't matter structurally as long as you don't have gaping voids in the joints.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Anthony Vo on January 08, 2021, 12:18:02 PM
It's interesting how the listing claims it's a 2-Bedroom single-family home. Was it ever a home?? I assume not. The MRR didn't do much with some of their buildings after they dismantled.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: Cliff Olson on January 11, 2021, 01:19:19 PM
The Monson Jct. building was actually a depot on the Greenville Branch of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad and continued in use until the northerly portion of that branch was abandoned in 1962.  I believe that the second floor contained living space for the agent. The depot apparently is being sold by the estate of Carl Vainio.
Title: Re: Monson Junction Station for sale???
Post by: James Patten on January 11, 2021, 01:21:33 PM
Roger Whitney told us at the board meeting that someone he knew had bought it (or started the process), and after a complete restoration was going to try to turn it into a store/restaurant for the snowmobiler traffic in the winter.