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Young collectors remember Despatch Junction
East Rochester, N.Y. A 911 call Monday night reported that a landmark in East Rochester was on fire. A few hours later, the Despatch Junction, was gone.
The people who have visited the scene of the old train station turned collectible store are all age groups and backgrounds.
One longtime employee of the Despatch Junction called train collecting a sort of hobby.
Each person who visited the site of Despatch Junction looked through the chain link fence that surrounds piles of burned debris.
Despatch Junction stood since about 1894 and became a destination spot for train collectors in the 1980s.
Even collectors as young as 13-year-old Adam Lloyd know the significance of this loss.
It was just a very nice place inside. There was some irreplaceable stuff in there that youll probably never see again and he had a wonderful collections of these trains and its a really terrible thing just to see it gone. It was a frequent stop for me, just it was really something special he had in there.
Recent RIT graduate Matt Burkartt profiled Despatch Junction in one of his journalism classes this year. It did not take him long to understand the historical significance of Despatch Junction.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated and could take days or weeks to complete.