If you stand still enough, you can almost hear the whistle of the rolling train in the distance. It’s one of those things; history trying to reach across the divide of time to leave an imprint on the now. In this post we are continuing our running photoblog series “Ladysmith Train Station & Railway Museum” that features the once bustling station in the tiny town of Ladysmith. Today it’s a memory, both in terms of the impact it left on the community, as well as the museum and businesses that now reside in the facility.
We’re always saddened when we see places like this close. Usually it’s only a matter of a number of years before the abandoned location finds itself completely inundated by the nature that surrounds it. At that point, the only thing that really remains are the stories told around the proverbial fireplace.
We can find very little information on the actual closure of the Ladysmith Train Station, other than it appears to have hosted its last service sometime in 2011. While it’s no secret that our island’s railways have been under considerable financial strain the last several years, it’s still a very melancholy experience to visit a location like this and find the peace to be almost overwhelming.
Just a short jaunt down the hill a-ways and we find the old building that was obviously used to store goods, and load and unload the passing trains. Today it finds a second life being home to several local businesses. At the time we visited in October of 2013 we were absolutely delighted to see the reuse of such a great structure, one that is full of character and undoubtedly has a thousand interesting stories within the walls.
You just can’t help but wonder what the future has in store for this old station, and others like it. We truly hope that the heartwarming outpouring of support from people who live in these communities continue to strive to find purposes for these classic buildings, to breath a second life into what once was a landmark for the area. These hubs are of paramount importance as once they were burgeoning facilities that transformed the area both physically and economically. It’s only through the act of refurbishment that the history, and as such the memories, of what places like this once meant to the island and the local townsfolk can live on in the hearts and minds of us all.
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