Posts Tagged ‘B&O passenger stations’

Heading South in Hamilton

May 1, 2022

CSX manifest freight Q561 rumbles southbound on the Toledo Subdivision in Hamilton, Ohio. It is passing the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station that now sits abandoned. City officials have proposed saving the depot by moving it to another location and renovating it. The track veering off to the left is the Indianapolis Subdivision, which is used by Amtrak’s Cardinal. The image was made on April 23,.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

Efforts to Save B&O Station Faltering

April 19, 2022

A campaign to save a former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Hamilton, Ohio, may have hit a brick wall.

City officials say they are unlikely to meet a deadline set by the building’s owner, CSX, to move the depot by a May 31 deadline.

Another stumbling block is the cost of moving and renovating the station, which was built in the 1850s, is likely to exceed the $2 million budgeted for that purpose by the city.

That includes the cost of moving the structure and setting it onto a concrete foundation.

It does not cover, though, the expenses of installing a new roof, hooking up utilities and pouring a concrete floor.

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith recently said at a city council meeting that the city was “going to have to make some policy decisions. What’s more important, a roof or a parking lot? Windows or something else? We have to itemize everything that’s outstanding and prioritize from there.”

CSX has offered to donate the station to the city if it agreed to arrange and pay for moving it.

I Always Looked for the Springville Station

March 11, 2021

Over the past 40 plus years I’ve visited the Arcade & Attica Railroad either by myself, with family members, or with friends. I’m guessing I’ve visited the A&A at least 15 times.

On all of those trips I’ve passed through Springville, New York, on New York Route 39.

I always watched for the crossing of the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (Baltimore & Ohio) railroad line.

In the route’s last years it was owned by Genesee & Wyoming’s Buffalo & Pittsburgh. 

During the years of my travels to the A&A, the Springville station was a highlight and is still intact and in use, although not as a railroad station.

It has been restored and remains in very good condition.

I’ve read conflicting stories of when the last train ran and when the track was ripped up.

A few stories I found say the last train was in 1996 and was possibly pulled by Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261. These reports say the rail was removed around 2010.

The PCC coffee shop called A Streetcar Named Dessert was added in the late 1990s and remained in business until 2011.

The car is former Toronto Transit Commission No. 4434. Based on what I’ve read, the PCC was possibly scrapped after it was removed.

All of the photographs that accompany this post were made on June 1, 2008.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Hamilton Still Seeking Funding to Save B&O Station

February 20, 2021

The mayor of Hamilton, Ohio, is still seeking funding to pay to move the city’s historic former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station to an as yet undetermined site.

“I cannot give any update which is exactly where we want to be, but I do know that there is great interest amongst citizens as well as historic groups,” said Mayor Pat Moeller.

A former city clerk, Nick Garuckas, had been leading the effort to find grant money for the station project but he recently moved out of the area after starting a new job.

“I hope to pick up some of those avenues and see what we can do to continue the talk of making it a special place in Hamilton,” Moeller said. “I’m obviously going to need help, and I know there’s interest among council members, there’s interest obviously among citizens, interest among historic groups.”

The station is now located on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and city officials are eyeing the prospect of moving it to a nearby site although a specific location has yet to be identified.

Moeller has proposed calling it the Lincoln-Truman-CSX Train Station.

Abraham Lincoln gave a speech near the station in 1959 and Harry Truman also spoke near the station in 1948.

The mayor said he probably should call for a meeting of interested parties to see who would would be interested in helping the city explore grant possibilities and community partnerships.

Kathy Creighton, executive director of the Butler County Historical Society, has called for the former station being made into a museum, saying Butler County has a rich railroad history.

Hamilton Still Seeking to Save B&O Station

April 17, 2020

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.