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28-NOV-2013 Gary A. Rich

Florence, KS old grain elevator and Santa Fe depot.

Florence, KS.

Here is a view showing the old grain elevator and the Santa Fe depot. The depot is still standing.

Florence was on the Santa Fe double track main line that ran between Emporia and Newton, Kansas. There was a branch line that ran from Florence to Ellinwood. No one is taking care of this depot. Rumor is that the BNSF still has ownership of it. I does need some work. Peabody is the next town west of Florence. It had a brick depot, too. It has been torn down.

Notice the railroad signal on the right side. We called this a "High Green" when I worked on the Santa Fe. My shooting partner walked down to the old grain elevator. I stayed around the depot, as I wanted a shot of a train passing by the elevator and depot. Of course, thing never go the way that you want. After the sun set, the train finally arrived.

Another tidbit, there is a company called Athearn. They produce HO scale engines and car. They have produced some building. A few years ago, Athearn produced a grain elevator. They used plans for from this elevator. A very small elevator, but widely known, around model railroading circle.

Nikon D800 ,Nikon 28-300mm VR full frame
1/1250s f/8.0 at 112.0mm iso400 full exif

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Bob Rusk 05-Oct-2017 19:24
BNSF has now scheduled to demolish the Florence depot in early November 2017.

Florence is a very small town and has very limited resources. We are seeking help to preserve our depot. Any ideas are welcome.
Richard Marcus03-Feb-2014 00:40
Wonderful composition and excellent warm tones. Very well done! V.
Colin Storey31-Jan-2014 20:42
Very well composed with wonderful light and colours. v
Helen Betts31-Jan-2014 18:33
A lot to take in here. Love the composition and warm light and color. V.
Guest 30-Jan-2014 15:54
A nice image of this depot and the main line...
Interesting info...
peterjay4530-Jan-2014 15:09
This warm light and your composition are great, Gary. Beautiful shot.
joseantonio30-Jan-2014 14:16
Very nice composition.V.
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