Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Back Shop

Built in 1905 in Spencer North Carolina was the huge Back Shop facility used by Southern Railway to overhaul their steam locomotives, it was once filled with milling machines, tools and a huge crane that serviced the iron horses at a rate of about three a week during its peak and was once North Carolina's largest commercial building of that time period.
With the modern upcoming age of diesel the building gradually became obsolete and finally closed its doors in 1960 though the classification freight yard remained open until the late 1970's.

Now part of the North Carolina Transportation Museum it is under Phase II of its renovation and seeking donations to help cover its $16 Million in construction costs.

This was photographed in 1979 prior to its renovation using 35mm film.

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