In "The Alpine Tunnel Story" by P.R. Griswold the St.Elmo depot in the photo was identified as being the second one.According to the caption the first one burned down.First time I heard that.Have you any info on the depots?
If this is true, the first one burned early. What shows in photos into the 20th century
is a Romley-looking structure, still wearing early style telegraph entries. I have the
insulator seen in the well-known photo of the depot as an upgrade train approaches
on the curve beyond. The insulator dates to the mid-1880's.
Left, mid-1880's replacement glass from St. Elmo depot, right, original 1880 construction
glass, recovered along ROW below the Palisades.