Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Manassas, Virginia - Old Town

We are at the Railway Station in Manassas.   They have a small museum with a few things on display.  

These are old railroad car wheels and the information card said that they were found near the Bull Run Bridge.

The thought was could they be the same that is in this old picture in the lower right hand corner?

Looking down at my iPhone, we've come along way baby but there is still a lot of charm in this old telephone.

I suppose the brand new owners of the above telephone thought the same way when they compared it to this telegraph key and sounder.  You can enlarge the information below to read.  It says this equipment was used inside the depot by Herbert L. Wetherall, the telegrapher operator for Southern Railway.   I wonder what Mr. Wetherall would have thought of the phones we use now?

This is a conductor's hat worn between 1940 and 1950.  In front of the hat is a baggage master's badge, ca 1940-50.  In the middle are buttons from a uniform mid 20th century.  In front of it is an old freight bill from 1913.  Lastly the mid-20th century step stool to help passengers get on and off the trains.

The ladies waiting room.  It looks like it may have been taken in the 1920-30's.  I sometimes forget to make a note of the date.

It was a small museum and we weren't inside for very long, but it was very interesting.

We crossed the railway line as we were heading to our old book store.  This is in Old Town Manassas.

One of several restaurants around here.  It is right across the road from the station.  These customers must have seen a few trains go by while they were enjoying their meal.  

Maybe they enjoyed the bratwurst.

A building getting a new coat of paint.

We are on the main street now not far from where we were heading to.

And this shows the water tower advertising the local high school, which is next to the train station.

An outside eating area for another restaurant....

and a pumpkin to warn anyone who was thinking of taking a rest.  Nope, you can't sit here.  You might get turned into a toad so beware.  It is Halloween soon!

I like it!  It is a lot friendlier.

There will be photos of the book store which I will share on Halloween.