Orangeville Station burns

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  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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  2. interurban

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    That`s a darn shame.. I do hope the get up and running again.
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Thanks Chris,

    I do hope they can restore it. I used to go past the station several times each day on my way to and from school. I was also there when they moved it from the yard to downtown - quite a sight!

    Andrew
  4. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    That is a sad story Andrew. Can it really be restored or now with new building codes in place I wonder if it will have to change much.
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    Let's hope they can restore it. The Witch's Hat is a true architectual heritage building.
  6. cobra

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    I was very saddened to hear the news of the fire in Orangeville . I lived in that general area from 1969- 1988 and passed through the town many times . Restoring and/or repairing a structure of that vintage will be costly and time consuming . Lets all hope and pray that the station is not razed .
    Will , i know that this is very near and dear to you for many reasons . Please keep me posted from time to time on the progress as I live a few hundred miles away from that area now , and don't receive local news .

    Thanks , Neil
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi Neil,

    I lived in Orangeville until 1986 - from '78-'86 right next to the tracks at John Street. Where were you located?

    Andrew
  8. Will_annand

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    Neil, I live up in Huntsville now. But I am keeping my eye on this one. Always liked the look of that building.
  9. cobra

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    I went to University of Guelph starting in '69 ( no not an Aggie ) and married and stayed in the area Fergus , Belwood , Drayton , K-W until '88 when I came back south . My work used to take me through Orangeville fairly often , had friends in Beeton ....you get the idea .
    I hate when landmarks are damaged because the people with strong feelings for the structure are probably ( I'm guessing ) in the minority . Lets hope they don't have to pass the hat to get things repaired . Lets hope the damage isn't so widespread that they feel they want to demolish it .

    Neil
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Restoration

    I went by the Orangeville station today and they are in full swing repairing it. It has a new roof and they were starting on shingles. The interior is completely gone and all the door and window openings are empty.
    The owner came out to ask me why I was photographing it; I guess he's had a lot of official busybodies poking at it.
    I saw a report that said there was $800,000 damage.
    (Photos will follow if I can get them shrunk.)
  11. spitfire

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    That's great news Andrew!!!! Looking forward to seeing some pix!

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    John Rendall Models used to make a witch's hat station kit in HO. I'm really sorry I didn't get one when the getting was good, because his is another Canadian model company that has disappeared. :cry:

    Val
  12. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

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    Well Val, unfortunately John passed away.
    JV Scale Models picked up most of his kits, but unfortunately NOT the CP Sataion.
  13. rcwatkins

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    I don't see the story. But that is a shame. :(
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Photos

    As promised. (My first attempt at posting something from my digital camera.)

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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    End view of the station.

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  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks for the photos David. Nice to see the old place recovering
  17. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi David,

    Thanks for providing the photos. It looks like there is a lot of space around the station... Is this really the case, or is it just an illusion? I seem to recall that they had to "shoehorn" it into its new downtown location when they moved it...?

    Andrew
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    Looks like progress is being made to put her back to use ...that's great news . Keep us posted .
    Thanks , Neil
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Andrew: there's a small parking lot on both sides -- about two lanes on the east side. The lot is shared with the motor vehicles office and a few stores. The other side is fenced off for reconstruction just now.
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    Will, I didn't know that. Too bad. I wonder why JV Scale didn't pick up the station kit? Wonder what ever became of the molds too?

    Val