the DL&W/NYSW Franklin, NJ Station
the Franklin Module
drawings are based on photographic evidence, personal recollections,
extrapolations and ICC Valuation Map information. I've drawn the
station as it might appear in 1930. Depending on the period you
are modeling, there will be additions/omissions necessary to keep
the model prototypical.
I've come up
with measurements. I cannot guarantee they're 100% accurate to the
prototype station, but they will work to create a model that looks
an awful lot like the Franklin station.
A special thanks
to James Sorochinski, Joe Codella, and Gene Deimling
for assisting me in making these plans as complete and accurate
as humanly possible!
If anyone knows
something I missed, please speak
I encourage everyone
to print these plans out and show them to ANYONE who may be able to
correct or confirm anything I have here. And if you or someone you
know is modeling this station, I'd appreciate knowing about it.
If you ever had
opportunity to be INSIDE this station, I'd love to attempt
a floor plan.
it is next to impossible to prove what colors the Franklin station
wore in the 1930s, I feel it is a good guess that it was in Lackawanna
gray with green trim.
After the Lackawanna
pulled out of Franklin, it is possible the NYSW painted it in 2
tone gray like the Erie, or in Susquehanna gray with maroon trim.
The Franklin depot was constructed by the Sussex Railroad Company
in July of 1870.
On January 1, 1958, The Franklin station, which had been used for
storage of building supplies caught fire and burned like dry tinder.
The Franklin fire department was called out and extinguished the
fire, however it sparked back to life later that morning.
The NYSW gave
permission to the fire department to let the building burn if it
started up again. It did, and the station was consumed in flame.
Donations of photographs or scans of photographs of this or any other
Sussex County, New Jersey railroad station are always welcome.