Reading Company Freight Station at Quakertown Pennsylvania . Watercolor . 14" x 20"
... the Reading Railroad Freight Station in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, circa 1970... view looking to the south. The Quakertown Train Station located
a few hundred feet to the north, was constructed in 1902 by the Reading Company, using local Rockhill granite and Indiana limestone and this freight
depot was built at or about the same time. Both the train station and freight depot were designed by Wilson Brothers & Company of Philadelphia
in 1889... and both the freight depot and train station were entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The freight depot is a
symmetrical facility composed of some office space and 7 individual, enclosed, pass through stalls, within the stone structure... with a pair of
covered loading platforms, extended from each end. Presently the facility is in rough shape. The roof on the main building is still intact and the
covered platform on the south end is mostly stabilized, but the north platform is rotted, the roof structure is gone and the roof trusses are collapsing.
... Update: In 2016, this entire north platform has been demolished and removed by SEPTA.