Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and take a look at an old train depot?
Well, you can do just that at the Marshall Depot. Sure, some of the old buildings are still there, but it has changed. A model train hobbyist decided he wanted people to see what it was like 80 years ago, so he built it, right down to the bricks.
PHOTOS: Inside the Marshall Train Depot
The Marshall Depot has stood the test of time. It was built in 1912 and was nearly torn down in the 1980s, but it’s still here. There is still an Amtrak station, and upstairs in the back of the museum is an exact replica of the depot and more, built by Mike Martina.
“I’ve got a layout of my own that I’m working on, and I wanted to do the Marshall Train Yard on it. And so I started doing research and came here to the museum to get information, and they turned me on to an archive team,” Martina said.
The three-member team showed Mike old pictures, and the Marshall Depot Board got wind of it.
“Then the board asked me if I would be willing to do their train layout here,” Martina said.
And he took the project on.
“We took pictures and tried to make these building look exactly the way they did in the train yard,” Martina revealed.
Of course no one bothered to take pictures all the way around the building, so there was a lot of improvising.
“When you look at a picture you have to figure out the height and sizes of the building that’s there and exactly the depths of things,” Martina explained.
Even the building materials are accurate.
“We took a brick and had it color matched,” Martina said.
“How may Legos did it take?” I asked.
“A lot,” Martina laughed.
There was sheet plastic used, but no Legos.
There were about a half dozen people working on the project including his wife Ellen.
“She did all the wiring underneath here because I had knee replacement and I couldn’t get under there. And it took my wife 100 hours to put those shingles on that roof,” Martina revealed.
“Why didn’t you get a roofer?” I asked him.
“We thought about it, but they couldn’t handle that 3/16 shingle," Martina laughed.
Of course, the roof is raised on the car shop to allow you to see inside, where there is a crazy amount of tiny detail.
“They were building railroad cars in there and they were also repairing them,” Martina said.
The bricks on the depot were:
“Burned into the wood with a laser,” Martina revealed.
“We tried to make it look realistic enough for the kids to enjoy and get an idea of what the train yard was all about,” Martina added.
They can’t touch it, but downstairs there is one they can play with, if they have the proper qualifications: like a train engineer outfit.
If you’d like to take a look at the model and the rest of the Marshall Depot Museum they are open Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 at 800 N. Washington Street right there at the end of the road.
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