Posts Tagged ‘railroad station’

Not Many of These Left

March 18, 2021

While growing up in east central Illinois I often noticed that many railroad lines had a semaphore signal not far from where they crossed another railroad.

They were most common on branches of the Illinois Central but I also remember seeing them on other railroads as well, including the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The semaphore blade always seemed to be in the same position and in my childhood mind I wondered if the blade moved after a train passed it.

Years later I would learn that these were known as distant signals meant to give a crew a warning that they were approaching an interlocked crossing with and to be prepared to stop.

The semaphore blade was fixed into an approach indication.

Although distant signals are still used there are few of them that are semaphores.

During a recent outing to railfan the New Castle District of Norfolk Southern in its namesake city in Indiana, I spotted a former Nickel Plate Road passenger station and a semaphore signal being used as a distant signal.

The rail line in question was once part of a former Lake Erie & Western route that ran from Fort Wayne to New Castle where it split into branches continuing south to Rushville and Connersville.

The line to Connersville is still in place and owned by the Connersville & New Castle Railroad. The line to Rushville, though, has been abandoned.

NS still owns the NKP depot and as can be seen above has kept it in good condition. Few trains pass by here today and the station is mostly used by the maintenance of way department.

There hasn’t been a scheduled passenger train here since August 1929.

A few blocks to the right of this location is the former Pennsylvania Railroad line that once was part of a Chicago-Cincinnati route.

The ex-PRR from New Castle to the Cincinnati region and the ex-NKP from New Castle to Fort Wayne now make up the NS New Castle District. The former Pennsy is abandoned northwest of New Castle.

Back in the day, the PRR and NKP ran combined through the northern part of New Castle.

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.

Michigan Depot Turned Home For Sale

November 24, 2020

A former railroad station converted to a home in northern Michigan is for sale.

The 2,750-square foot home in Negauee is on the market with an asking price of $324,900.

The former Chicago & North Western depot was converted to a private home in 2001.

Many of its original station-related features have been retained including the ticket windows having been converted into pass-through windows between the kitchen and dining room.