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Bowenfels Station Masters Cottage.
  Bowenfels Station Masters Cottage.
Bowenfels Station Masters Cottage.
I found this wonderful old sandstone building on one of my early morning walks on my visit to Lithgow last week. It is The Station Master House for the Bowenfelds Railway Station, and was built alongside the station in 1869. The station was abandoned in 2004, and it didn’t take long for the vandals to start breaking the windows, and they even burned down a kitchen annex attached to the building. During its chequered career the building has been a private residence, a restaurant called Cadies, the local tourist information centre and storage shed. The yard has been cleaned up, and surrounded by a vandal proof fence together with floodlighting in an attempt to preserve and keep the old building safe and intact. It is available for a new life, possibly as an art gallery, café or tea rooms.
Captured about ˝ an hour before sunrise on a cold wet winters morning, at 1/15th of a second, f3.5 and ISO-3200.

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Tiia Vissak
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    great tones, light & framing!

7/4/2013 12:47:23 PM

 
Gord MacEachern
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Wonderful image with a great story behind it John!! I never could understand vandalism, lots of that here also!

7/4/2013 12:59:31 PM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Wonderful house and capture!

7/4/2013 1:02:07 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi John,Beautiful old building and a great capture my friend!!!!

7/4/2013 1:54:07 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Great old building- love the stonework

7/4/2013 3:35:33 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Beautiful little house, John!

7/4/2013 4:58:10 PM

 
Avril Young
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sure is a lovely house...beautifully photographed John..

7/4/2013 7:36:40 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Beautiful house and interesting info.

7/4/2013 7:46:21 PM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Nice capture,John, Great info and the lighting is terrific!

7/4/2013 8:52:57 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Certainly a building with an history, John. Super clarity, pov, & moody lighting. Hope it finds a new life. Interesting, my frind.

7/4/2013 10:23:56 PM

 
Joy Rector
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beautiful shot and love the history

7/5/2013 3:59:46 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Well done - and an interesting story!

7/5/2013 6:41:41 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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A wonderful view of this storied old building, John! The lighting and the fence help suggest a glimpse into its past and a possible future. I hope the right venture claims it as home!

7/5/2013 8:08:21 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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Love old buildings and their history. Fantastic capture!

7/5/2013 10:23:54 AM

 
John Connolly
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Many thanks for all your kind encouraging comments!

7/5/2013 12:38:31 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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LOVE the wonderful lighting and tones John, BEAUTIFULLY done dear friend!!! <><

7/5/2013 1:58:41 PM

 
John Connolly
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Thanks a lot Nancy!

7/6/2013 1:34:42 PM

 
Denny E. Barnes
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Sounds like this old house has had quite a past. Hope the future is better! Beautiful capture of the light, detail, color with excellent composition, John! Very well done!

7/7/2013 10:00:36 PM

 
John Connolly
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Thanks Denny!

7/8/2013 1:33:44 PM

 
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Superb capture and info. Just got to hate vandals. Glad it is being protected now.

7/9/2013 3:20:46 PM

 
John Connolly
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Thanks Emile! I reckon I could live comfortably in that house!

7/10/2013 1:29:06 PM

 
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