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Lewisburg, WV C&O: $1 sale: Century-old Lewisburg train depot (rshsdepot)
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Lewisburg, WV C&O: $1 sale: Century-old Lewisburg train depot (rshsdepot)
 
« on: Dec 7th, 2015, 11:55pm »
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Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 23:24:45 -0500
From: "Alexander D. Mitchell IV" <LNER4472 at verizon dot net>
Subject: Lewisburg, WV C&O: $1 sale: Century-old Lewisburg train depot (rshsdepot)
 
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151204/GZ01/151209749
 
For that hard-to-please history buff or rail fan on your Christmas
shopping list, the Lewisburg Historic Landmarks Commission is offering
what might be the perfect gift: a 105-year-old railroad depot, available
at a well-below Black Friday price.
 
For an individual interested in moving and restoring the historic depot,
"we would probably take $1 for it, once liability issues are taken care
of," said Skip Deegans, of the Lewisburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
 
The one caveat is that the building must be moved, or disassembled and
reassembled, soon. A vote on whether to allow the demolition to proceed
is scheduled for Dec. 14.
 
The Historic Landmarks Commission hopes for the depot to be restored,
preferably somewhere in Lewisburg.
 
"The depot would make a super office, guest house, workshop or home for
your model railroad," Deegans said.
 
The new depot owner might be entitled to some financial assistance and
state tax credits for restoring the structure, located on Echols Drive
in the Lewisburg Historic District, he said.
 
"It's being used as a residence now, and its owners want to build a new
home in the same location," Deegans said.
 
Plans to demolish the building came to light during an October meeting
of the commission. The homeowner agreed to give the commission two
months to find an organization or individual willing to move and restore
the structure.
 
"We contacted every nonprofit we could think of, but none of them had
the funds or enough time to do the fundraising needed" to pay for moving
and restoring the building, Deegans said. "This is kind of a last-ditch
effort to save the depot."
 
Built in 1910, the building served as the first Lewisburg passenger and
freight depot for the now long-defunct Lewisburg & Ronceverte Railroad.
 
"The L&R was founded in 1905 to connect Fairlea and Lewisburg to the C&O
mainline at Ronceverte," Deegans said.
 
Steam-powered Shay locomotives operated on the line for several years,
until it was electrified in 1913. The rail link continued to operate
until 1931.
 
The 18-by-40-foot structure is one of the last remaining vestiges of the
railroad's presence. A small section of its former railbed has been
converted into a walking and biking trail that passes through a
residential section of Lewisburg. Plans are underway to extend it six
additional miles, to connect Lewisburg with Ronceverte.
 
The railroad apparently acquired plans for the depot from the Chesapeake
& Ohio Railroad, based on C&O's Standard Combination Station No. 1, the
first of which was built about 1892. The design featured gingerbread
decorations in the gables at each end. The L&R station is believed to
have had waiting rooms on each side of an office, with an extension
added to handle mail and baggage.
 
According to Tom Dixon, president of the C&O Historical Society, the L&R
depot is the only surviving example of what appears to be a nearly exact
C&O Standard No. 1 station.
 
"It deserves to be preserved as an important artifact of the American
railway experience, and a reminder of how Lewisburg attempted to
compensate for its not being located on a major railway," Dixon wrote in
a letter to Deegans.
 
Deegans said the building could be eligible for nomination to the
National Register of Historic Places.
 
For additional information, interested parties may contact Deegans at
304-646-8475.
 
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The Railroad Station Historical Society maintains a database of existing
railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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« Reply #1 on: Aug 31st, 2016, 11:47am »
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Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:33:30 -0400
From: Alexander D. Mitchell IV  
Subject: Lewisburg, WV couple restoring 106-year-old railroad depot as new home (rshsdepot)
 
 
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160829/lewisburg-couple-restoring-106-year-old-railroad-depot-as-new-home
 
The Lewisburg & Ronceverte Railroad once again rode the rails - or at
least a pair of long steel beams - on Sunday, as its 106-year-old depot
building made a trip of nearly 1 mile through downtown Lewisburg.
 
The trip came aboard a house-mover's trailer en route to the depot's new
home on Feamster Road.
 
The depot, scheduled for demolition last year after decades of use as a
private home, drew national attention in December when the Lewisburg
Historic Landmarks Commission offered to arrange its sale for $1 to
anyone willing to move and restore it. Preference was given to
prospective buyers who planned to relocate the building in the Lewisburg
area.
 
The 40-foot-by-18-foot structure is one of the last remaining vestiges
of the L&R Railroad, formed in 1905 to connect Fairlea and Lewisburg to
the C&O mainline at Ronceverte.
 
"Other than what's left of an old powerhouse at Fairlea from the time
the line was electrified, there's little left," Deegans said.
 
Steam-powered Shay locomotives operated on the line initially, but they
were later replaced by electric locomotives. The rail line, which
carried both freight and passengers, folded in 1931.
 
The president of the C&O Historical Society has described the depot as
the only surviving example of a nearly exact copy of the C&O's "Standard
No. 1" station layout, which dates back to 1892 and includes the
gingerbread trim found on the L&R depot.
 
Alexander D. Mitchell IV
- See more at:
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160829/lewisburg-couple-restoring-106-year-old-railroad-depot-as-new-home#sthash.a3ez11mh.dpuf
 
The Lewisburg & Ronceverte Railroad once again rode the rails - or at
least a pair of long steel beams - on Sunday, as its 106-year-old depot
building made a trip of nearly 1 mile through downtown Lewisburg.
 
The trip came aboard a house-mover's trailer en route to the depot's new
home on Feamster Road.
 
The depot, scheduled for demolition last year after decades of use as a
private home, drew national attention in December when the Lewisburg
Historic Landmarks Commission offered to arrange its sale for $1 to
anyone willing to move and restore it. Preference was given to
prospective buyers who planned to relocate the building in the Lewisburg
area.
 
- See more at:
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160829/lewisburg-couple-restoring-106-year-old-railroad-depot-as-new-home#sthash.a3ez11mh.dpuf
 
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The Railroad Station Historical Society maintains a database of existing
railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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