Grant money to help fund Brooks Station restoration
The Brooks Preservation Society of Brooks, was the winner of the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award for 2013. The $10,000 grant associated with the award will pay for stabilizing the foundation of the existing Brooks Station building.
The winning project is an essential part of the Society's larger plan to restore the historic Brooks Station building, located on the route of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad. Brooks Station was built in 1881 and rebuilt after a fire in 1893. With the cessation of regular passenger service on the B&ML in 1962, Waldo County railroad passenger stations began their decline and many were ultimately razed.
The station at Brooks survives as a fine example of rural country railroad architecture in the mid-coast region. Its prominent hipped roof with bracketed suspended soffits and ornamental eaves, art glass windows, and three-part siding scheme featuring clapboards, angled v-match boards and patterned shingles, welcomed generations of people to Brooks, through happy times and sad.
The station was for some years the normal terminus of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake's regular tourist train operation. It was acquired by the Brooks Preservation Society in 2008 for the purpose of preserving its distinctive and historic appearance. The Society also operates scheduled tourist trains on summer weekends from the Brooks Station.