Union Pacific boards up ‘The Shack’ at the train depot

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I happened to be driving by Northfield’s train depot yesterday when I noticed a Union Pacific crew had arrived. They were boarding it up, as it has evidently been used lately as a youth hangout called The Shack. The crew said there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use – not even a cigarette butt in sight. Looks like fun to me!


  1. This is another reason to restore that depot.

    October 14, 2009
  2. Patrick Enders said:

    “…tell me I`m the only one, wanna` come over tonight, yeah.”

    So that’s what that line is. Smart kids.

    October 14, 2009
  3. john george said:

    Just more evidence of how Northfield youth are getting side-tracked.

    October 14, 2009
  4. Scott Kelly said:

    Better late than never I guess. Originally composed Monday night, October 12th

    It seems that not all citizens of our town are willing to wait for planning commissions or feasibility studies to reach conclusions on the best use for the Depot.

    It has reached my ears that the Depot has recently been outfitted with furniture, a new interior paint job, wall decorations and even a goldfish. While there was mention of a means of securing the entrance from the inside, I heard no mention of evidence of drug, alcohol or tobacco use. While there may well have been such and it just wasn’t mentioned, since the gist of concern seemed more focused at ending the unapproved occupation than at corralling the perps I am assuming that this was not the case.

    This got me thinking (always dangerous). Please forgive me for advocating a dream for Northfield, however unlikely it might be.

    Why not move it and turn it over to the Northfield Union of Youth as their much needed new building? IMAGINE the possibilities it would afford them!!!

    October 16, 2009
  5. George Handcoff said:

    Whats that supposed to mean? Side-tracked from what exactly?

    October 19, 2009
  6. john george said:

    Well, George, that is a pun. Sidetracked is the term used to describe how someone gets diverted from their main focus. Where would someone get sidetracked most easily but in an abandoned train depot?

    October 19, 2009
  7. john george said:

    Oops! 2.1 is supposed to be a reply to 3.1. Hit the wrong reply.

    October 19, 2009

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