Hamilton Still Seeking to Save B&O Station

Hamilton County interests are still working to save from demolition the former Baltimore & Ohio railroad station.

CSX has told the city it will raze the abandoned structure unless it pays to move it away from railroad property.

The city has not yet announced how it will fund that, but Mayor Pat Moeller said he is looking into how much moving the building would cost and how it could be funded.

The coronavirus pandemic has slowed that effort, but Moeller said the city has told CSX that it wants to preserve the building.

The depot dates to the mid 19th century. Abraham Lincoln gave a speech there during his 1859 run for president and President Harry Truman spoke there in 1948.

Hamilton was a stop for Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal, between 1980 and 2005.

The station will need extensive rehabilitation as it is poor condition.

If the city is able to find the funding, it plans to move the station several blocks away.

Among the ideas discussed for what to do with the depot are using it for a museum, restaurant or event space.

The station is currently located at the junction between CSX routes to Toledo and Indianapolis. The latter route is still used by the Cardinal.

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