MOOERS - Once the hub of Mooers, the Mooers Junction railway depot, which was in service for nearly 100 years, is now remembered through a collection of writings.
Larry E. Marnes, current owner of Mooers Junction and longtime railroad collector, recently released a book titled, "Mooers Junction Memories," in order for people to understand the history of the station that closed in 1961. The book includes a reprint of Marnes' book of railroad folklore, "Doubling Over," which has been out of print since 1987.
"The reason for doing the reprint is that there seems to be even more demand for this book presently than there was when it first appeared," wrote Marnes in his dedication to Chris Trombley, his friend who encouraged him to put Mooers Junction Memories together.
The book also includes an edited version of "Mooers Junction" - a monograph of Marnes' late friend Orville K. McKnight.
"He gave me all the notes he had and he gave me some pictures," explained Marnes. "He actually worked in this station between 1910 and 1913 as a telegraph operator. He was here when the place was operating and I don't think you can get a much better source than that."
Marnes explained he had a couple reasons for wanting to put the book together, including making people aware of its true history.
"A lot of people don't realize that there was ever more than one railroad that came in here," Marnes explained, referring to the Delaware Hudson and Rutland railways. "Because the D & H has been gone for so long out of here."
Marnes said he also put the book together to "justify this restoration," referring to the station.
"Anybody that reads [the book] will understand how significant this place was when it was operating as a railroad station," he said. "It explains in there about the facilities and the buildings that immedietely surrounded the place."