I like train stations, and we have a lot of them in my area – since we have multiple commuter rail lines going into the city. There are always interesting buildings in the vicinity of the actual station building, too. Here are a couple I encountered this past summer.
This first grouping is in Bryn Mawr, PA. It’s a building directly associated with the station. (If you want to see more details, take a look at this post I wrote about a walk in the area of the station my husband and I took.) I liked its architecture as well as its state of decay.
The second grouping shows the end house in a row of homes right up on the tracks in Glenside, PA.
I like train stations, as I said, and I think I will be looking at their environs more closely from now on – there is a lot to see.
The sketches are so beautiful! They definitely have a charm to offer. 😊
Thank you. We have many train stations in my area and lots of architectural styles to the stations themselves and also the outbuildings. I enjoy searching them out and taking photos and then drawing them.
Interesting buildings. It looks like they are not maintained very well.
Yes, the first one is no longer in use and basically abandoned. The yard is used for equipment storage now and I think eventually this building will fall down or be razed. It’s not needed now with the automatic signals that run the trains. The main station building is a newer structure down the track and is an ugly red brick structure.
The second one is a row of houses that are each privately owned, and this is the end one. I think that the location is not that desirable to people (though I would love it my self) and over the 30 years I’ve lived here I have watched some being fixed up and others going into decline, and then new owners, and things change. I still like the look of them, always have.
I think the first illustration is especially charming. The ramshackle form of that building has inspired lots of weird and wonderful angles and connections and patterns.
Thank you. There is so much in a building like this one, with such detail layered on detail, it;s hard to take it all in just looking – I think by drawing it I really come to enjoy it so much more.
I just love your drawings. They capture your subjects perfectly.
Thank you. I like doing them. I never drew much until the last few years, glad I picked up the pen and tried it out.
I love the drawings and the original photos. There is something so beautiful and interesting about old buildings/houses!
Both sketches have good details. And the car looks particularly funny!