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Traveling About - Tunnelton

January 24, 2012 - Jodi Burnsworth
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Traveling about, we stop by the Tunnelton Railroad Depot in Preston County. This historic railway station was built in 1912-1913 by one of the oldest railroads in the United States, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. It’s a rectangular, one-story brick structure, with the exterior walls constructed of brick, stone and mortar. It offers ornate wood soffit, extended wood facia, and Spanish-style ceramic roof tile, topped with large tile caps. Passenger service had ceased in 1968. In 1994, it was purchased from CSX by the Tunnelton Historical Society and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

One hundred and twenty five feet east of the passenger depot is a freight depot. The freight station had its own freight master to handle the volumes of freight in and out of the town. This indicates the importance of the passenger station and the adjoining freight station in handling freight and passengers for town of Tunnelton and all of Preston County. The freight station is still being used by the CSX Railroad as a storage area and work station for railroad employees. The main CSX line runs parallel to the building and is still used today.

The day we visited was rainy and overcast, but that didn’t stop me from capturing the beautiful structure. I’m a sucker for train stations, especially historic ones.

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