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Fire destroys New York hobby shop

By Trains News Wire
Published: May 29, 2014
Firefighters battle a blaze at Despatch Junction hobby shop on Monday.
Photo by Michael Smith
A former New York Central station in Western New York that housed a model railroad supply store was consumed by fire, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.

The station, a two-story wooden structure in East Rochester, was built in 1884 and home to Despatch Junction, a hobby store, until Monday. The store was in operation at that location for more than 20 years.

Nobody was injured in the blaze and the cause is under investigation. Firefighters from four departments were present at the scene.

"You don't make a lot of money in model train repair," store clerk Frank Flicinski told the newspaper. "You do it because you love making people happy. … It was the gathering place for a lot of friendships."

"This is a great loss to railfans and hobbyists in the area," customer Mike Smith told Trains News Wire. "Stan Slade, the store's proprietor had a huge inventory of new and used trains in all scales and a large collection of books devoted to railroading."

Traffic on the adjacent CSX Transportation main line between Buffalo and Albany was suspended for almost two hours during the firefighting operation.