My wife found an ad on facebook marketplace for a 1910 train station reversible bench. The back flips over so you can face the other direction. Anyway, we went and looked at it and bought it. I snapped this picture before I left. I am picking it up at the end of the week and will take more. I was also told it was the original finish. It is 8' 4" long...Does anyone know much about train station benches like this one?
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I wonder if in a previous life it was a trolley bench. A reversible back was common as they would reach the end of a line, flip the benches, spin the trolley pole around the other way, and go back in the opposite direction.
Thanks Bill...that makes sense...interesting.
Now that's a really neat find!!! I think your wife deserves more than a hug and a kiss for this treasure!
When you get it home, look for builders plates/ marks. Google any that you find and let us know. My guess is that it's a trolley bench. No reason to swap direction on a station bench.
Cool find regardless.....your wife wins CEO of the year! 😁😁
I believe the bench would have been used in a station. I have seen station benches where the back was able to change position. Allowed you to face a different direction if you wanted too. Plus, if it was on a trolley it would have had a way to anchor it to the floor, which I don't see. Very cool piece.
Ha - its like the ole L.I.R.R. coach seats you could flip if you didn't like going backward or had a card party going ! nice share .