Old Train Station, Amherst, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Old Train Station, Amherst, Virginia

In the heyday of passenger railroading, trains made many stops across the country including small towns. Many of these small towns had train depots that had a ticket agent who also was the town postmaster. As passenger service declined, many small towns were no longer served by passenger trains. The small-town train station was no longer used. What happened to many of these stations? Some were demolished. Why? As stations over time fall into disrepair, they eventually collapse with debris falling onto the tracks which is a real hazard for trains on active lines. Then there are those that are spare from demolition. Some are just left empty. Some became offices for the railroad company that owns the rail line. Some have been made into museums. Then there are those that have been converted into visitor centers. One of them is the old train station…

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