I've written about the Saluda Grade before. My parents live in South Carolina, not far from a disused portion of the W Line owned by Norfolk Southern. About a mile north of where Norfolk Southern cut the line lies Landrum depot. In 1877, a guy named John Landrum gave the Southern Railway land to construct a station because the railroad had been extended into the northern part of Spartanburg county. The town of Landrum was founded in 1880 and was called Landrum Station until around 1900 when the "station" part was dropped. As like with many train stations, the structure standing today is not original because (you guessed it...) the original burnt down. Today's structure, however dates from the late 1800's, which is still super impressive. After the Southern Railway terminated passenger service to Landrum in the 1970's, the station changed hands and came into ownership by the "city" of Landrum (City is in quotes - because apparently a population of about 2400 counts as a city here...ha)
Since I've been coming down here (2008, for the record) it's been an interesting transformation to watch. Now, I never thought the station looked that terrible to begin with...then again being a Waterbury branch baby, my tolerance for dumpy stations is pretty high. However, apparently there were some structural deficiencies and a termite infestation, which are things that aren't usually readily apparent from driving by.
|Landrum Depot circa June 2012|
|Station renovation last summer - bad white balance is bad.|
|Circa 1982 - Credit: Jim Owens - rrpicturearchives.net|
|Panorama of how the station looks today (Click to expand)|