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#1 FrensicPic

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 01:39 PM

I guess there was no waiting room available...

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:02 PM

Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 03:14 PM

Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.


I’d need another look at the station roof profile, but I wonder if it was to represent a steam loco’s funnel.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 04:08 PM

Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

Kinda looks like a section of concrete culvert pipe.


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Posted 12 March 2018 - 05:02 PM

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Edited by Bierboy, 12 March 2018 - 05:03 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 07:14 PM

Wow. I wonder what function that concrete ring on the roof was designed to execute? I've never seen such a thing.

It appears to serve 2 purposes: 1. hide a vent. 2. Make the build more attractive.
 

I’d need another look at the station roof profile, but I wonder if it was to represent a steam loco’s funnel.

Here it is:
https://www.google.c...!7i13312!8i6656
 
I'd call the man resourceful and also able to think outside-the-box.

Edited by KmH, 12 March 2018 - 07:18 PM.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 01:52 AM

The dude wanted some solitude.

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:02 PM

The only thing that would have made this story better would be if someone had discovered him via Google Earth.

 

But yeah, props to the guy for making a go at it. Hopefully he can find the support he needs in order to harness his ingenuity into something with lasting benefits, whether in a career or simply getting a permanent home.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 05:51 PM

It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:52 PM

Before it was a train station, that building was a nuclear power plant. :giggle:


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 11:59 PM

This dude deserves a finders fee. Caltrans is going to rent out this crib at Bay Area market rates -- should bring in at least $2,000 a month.

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:13 AM

This dude deserves a finders fee. Caltrans is going to rent out this crib at Bay Area market rates -- should bring in at least $2,000 a month.

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Maybe he booked it through an (errant) Air B&B site ??
 
Bty, I'm thinking the worst about the moisture stains on the outside of the enclosure... :huh:

 

It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station.

George Carlin once offered a solution to our homeless living in the streets....

 

Through eminent domain, the Govt. moves all homeless camps to all of the Golf Courses, everywhere. :excl:


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 01:36 AM

It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.

 

I have met various homeless people that quite simply just want to be free and not depend on others or a homeless shelter.  It would be interesting to hear this man's story.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 08:39 AM

 

It's sad that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are people who literally have to live on the roof of a train station. That said, that is a pretty darn smart spot to 'set up shop'. Kudos to that man's creativity.

 

I have met various homeless people that quite simply just want to be free and not depend on others or a homeless shelter.  It would be interesting to hear this man's story.

 

Most homeless people don't live like that just for fun. There's a difference between someone not wanting to be in a homeless shelter, and wanting to be homeless.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:05 AM

A train hobo??   :P


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:25 PM

I hired a homeless woman last year.  She was unreliable, temperamental, and did not work well with others.  I was not able to keep her as a worker.  For whatever reasons (she blamed abuse from foster parents...), she was simply not well-equipped to prosper in this world.  I do not blame her, but could only go so far in helping her.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:42 PM

The specifics of the camp on the roof of the Amtrak station have been covered. Any further discussion of homelessness can take place in the Lounge.


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