of the Month - Jun 2003
Early Cliffside Railroad Depot - About
“The dapper gentlemen appear on a platformed board and batten
building. I have noticed that many of the early Cliffside outbuildings
were built using this vertical siding method (the little white buildings
by the mill, for example). In the haste of the construction some 'green'
wood was used, and fully cured kiln dry lumber was at a premium. The
platform and the siding reflect some of the shrinkage that would occur.
think the depot shown in this photo is the same building used as a freight
depot in later years, as shown in CRR-Engine No 110: #038
Engine #110, for there is a great similarity of the eaves and platform.
(According to Horton Landreth [proprietor of Cliffside's only funeral
home], caskets used to be shipped there as late as the early 1960’s.)
This building as well as other outbuildings were probably re-sheeted
at a later date with horizontal beveled or shiplap siding.
“The schedule board on the wall gives the daily arrival and departure
time for the four daily runs to and from Cliffside Junction, the railroad's
“Those celluloid detachable collars and three button suits with
derbies or other foppish hats were the fashion style of the day. The
person on the left was probably the train engineer or crewman and may
have been one of those listed
by Mrs. Cargill in her recollections.
The train car and engine are likely part of the original purchase of
rolling stock by R.R. Haynes. (See CRR-Oldest Engines: #86
Engine #1 and #84
“The photo is the same process that was used by Hames Studio
but is not stamped as such.”
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