Prototype buildings – flag stop station interiors

Flagstop Depot interiors

Does anyone know anything about the interiors of small flagstop depots (i.e: Chelsea on the KC, Alna Center on the WW&F, Sanders on the Sandy River)? I am curious whether they were finished or unfinished inside, if they had plaster or wooden interior walls, what paint colors were used, if they had furniture or benches of any sort, etc. question posed on Mainetwofooters

Narrow Gauge in the Sheepscot Valley, Gary Kohler’s book, has a couple of “first time published” pictures of Alna Center. Page 79 shows a clear shot of a very neat flagstop, with milk cans out front and an 8 over 8 window on the end and the door open. You can’t see the interior but there is a smoke stack on the roof for a pot bellied stove. The picture on the next page shows the building in near collapse in 1975, no roof now to hide the details. The back wall shows stud construction with 1″ horizontal sheathing under the clapboards. I would guess that the building inside for most/all of it’s life was bare studs with the sheathing under the clapboards, but nothing else finished in the interior. Just the stove and perhaps a bench to sit on to get out of the weather. Gary’s book also furnishes plans for this building, complete with a suggested framing layout. If it were finished, the usual treatment MIGHT be, wainscotting about 48″ high, capped with a rail of some kind, and horizontal boards above that, shiplapped perhaps to tighten the joints up, and a wood ceiling. Wood was cheap, easily worked, and provided some insulation from the weather. The wainscotting would provide the decorative touch needed to look prosperous. Stove and benches would likely complete the scene there as well, although the stove might be optional if there were no one to tend it. Vic H

WW&F stations, as far as Chris and I know, there are no interior photos of any WW&F station in operation, and no info has come to light regarding the interior color/colors. Gary Kohler M2FQ message on HOn30 group