featured in Detroit News article on Detroit Docs Festival
Central Train Depot to be location for Sci-Fi Film
(Detroit Free Press, Oct.13th)
train left the station on Jan. 6, 1988. The building
has sat "vacant" since then. Shot in 1998,
produced in 2004, (access to the building is completely
closed now) this documentary weaves personal memories
with stunning visuals of Detroit's long abandoned Michigan
Central Train Depot. The historic gem, another in a
number of Detroit structures in ruin, was designed by
Warren & Wetmore; the same architectural firm that
built Grand Central Station. Various visitors wander
in and out of the station, each stopping to recount
what the building has meant to them. Catfish; the homeless
person who became the unofficial caretaker for over
2 years, Hazel Love; whose father worked for the railroad
for over 40 years, and Jim Harlow who, fascinated by
trains, worked as a dispatcher at the station, among
others. Plans are being discussed to convert the train
station into the new Detroit Police Headquarters. Native
Detroiters remain skeptical.
Gary Glaser & Dave Isern; producers.
Gary Glaser; director.
World Premiere. Running time 28 min.
Here are 2 clips from "Train Station".
They are streaming in wmv format. Windows Media Player
"Catfish" Williams lived in the train station
for a couple of years in the late 90's. Play
father worked for the railroad for over forty years.
She recounts some memories here.
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