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 Post subject: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:44 am 

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There has been some discussion about the fate of various stations posted lately. Here is what appears to be a good outcome.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ford-buys-historic-detroit-train-144814051.html


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:06 pm 

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Scranton Yard wrote:
There has been some discussion about the fate various stations posted lately. Here is what appears to be a good outcome.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ford-buys-historic-detroit-train-144814051.html


That is great news for the station. I am so glad that the deal went through and that Ford is going to be using the facility. This should be interesting to follow.

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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:37 pm 

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I'm not surprised, but I expected it to be Google.


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:00 am 

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Scranton Yard wrote:
There has been some discussion about the fate of various stations posted lately. Here is what appears to be a good outcome.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ford-buys-historic-detroit-train-144814051.html


Better details are available at

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20 ... 59A458BBCC


Ford will make their announcement on 6/19/18

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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:36 am 

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This was in the Detroit News a couple days ago:

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/ ... 704129002/

Pretty cool. Gabriel Richard (say, "Ri-SHARD) park is a couple blocks away from the depot.

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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:36 pm 

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And this on CNN -
http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/17/news/co ... index.html

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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:06 pm 

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I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this, but I took some pictures during the open house Sunday if anyone here is interested.

Even in its current state it still manages to impress, though it's clear only a large company like Ford's could foot the bill for the work this building is in desperate need of.

https://imgur.com/a/p7YuZ7p

Some of my great grandparents entered through this station when they moved to Detroit, and my grandfather and his brothers departed and returned through the station when they were drafted during WWII. My grandparents dated at the restaurant once, and an uncle worked in the railyard nearby as a young man.

My parents were the generation whom were moved out of the city as children, and like them, while born in Detroit I've only known the city at it's lowest. The places and neighborhoods described by older relatives stood at odds with the vacant lots and decrepit ruins found in many of their places.

I would have never expected to visit this station in person, but as the crowds today and this weekend attest, this station is special to people, and to have a fragment of our collective local cultural history saved rather than cast down and plowed under is a sign that things can get better. Every day things have been renewed downtown, and I hope this station getting reborn will help revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods.


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:21 am 

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Great pictures of the station! Thanks for posting. As an aside, there is a seller on eBay who is claiming to have a sconce from the former restaurant for sale at a very high price. I have no connection with the seller, just passing on this info.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-BRASS- ... SwvDpbHJ8Q


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:30 pm 

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Trolleyguy wrote:
Great pictures of the station! Thanks for posting. As an aside, there is a seller on eBay who is claiming to have a sconce from the former restaurant for sale at a very high price. I have no connection with the seller, just passing on this info.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-BRASS- ... SwvDpbHJ8Q


Caveat emptor --- even if there is a letter documenting it's authentic.


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:47 pm 

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Heavenrich wrote:
Trolleyguy wrote:
Great pictures of the station! Thanks for posting. As an aside, there is a seller on eBay who is claiming to have a sconce from the former restaurant for sale at a very high price. I have no connection with the seller, just passing on this info.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-BRASS- ... SwvDpbHJ8Q


Caveat emptor --- even if there is a letter documenting it's authentic.


Bob H


Agreed. when I contacted the seller asking for provenance, he got very defensive and said that he salvaged this so long ago that there was no documentation as to its authenticity.


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:32 pm 

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There are allegations elsewhere online that this seller has attempted to sell this very item (and maybe other sconces) numerous times in the past several years, always at a horribly over-inflated price that seems to guarantee it doesn't sell. I'd have trouble, as a railroadiana collector, justifying getting that thing at one-tenth his asking price even if I wanted something from that depot.

It seems to me that anyone with stolen hardware from this station that they would admit to having would be rushing to undercut this seller on price or make arrangements to offer them to Ford or its architects at "reasonable" terms. And if I were Ford or its agents, I'd put out a semi-public call for the loan or voluntary return of such items. (Even better, if they wished to replicate the originals--and certainly cranking out hundreds of these things is within the means and abilities of a company that size--they could even threaten to flood the market with less expensive reproductions, the better to reduce or eliminate the value of stolen originals, hee hee hee hee.......)


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:43 am 

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Alexander D. Mitchell IV wrote:
There are allegations elsewhere online that this seller has attempted to sell this very item (and maybe other sconces) numerous times in the past several years, always at a horribly over-inflated price that seems to guarantee it doesn't sell. I'd have trouble, as a railroadiana collector, justifying getting that thing at one-tenth his asking price even if I wanted something from that depot.

It seems to me that anyone with stolen hardware from this station that they would admit to having would be rushing to undercut this seller on price or make arrangements to offer them to Ford or its architects at "reasonable" terms. And if I were Ford or its agents, I'd put out a semi-public call for the loan or voluntary return of such items. (Even better, if they wished to replicate the originals--and certainly cranking out hundreds of these things is within the means and abilities of a company that size--they could even threaten to flood the market with less expensive reproductions, the better to reduce or eliminate the value of stolen originals, hee hee hee hee.......)



I had similar thoughts, the seller in question seems to be trying to cash in with an item of dubious provenance.

There's a news article out this morning about more and more people wishing to donate items and fixtures that have gone missing over the decades.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/27/ford-return-detroit-train-station-items/734256002/


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 Post subject: Re: Michigan Central Station Detroit
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:23 am 

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The listing for the sconce has been taken down from eBay by the seller. allegedly because "There was an error in the listing." Maybe too many questions as to authenticity and/or provenance.


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