CIRCLEVILLE- The former train station located off South Court Street was demolished this week because of extensive damage to the building, according to property owner Dave Kohli.
CIRCLEVILLE— The former train station located off South Court Street was demolished this week because of extensive damage to the building, according to property owner Dave Kohli.
Kohli said the building was in bad shape even before he bought it in 2002, and it would have cost more than $100,000 to repair due to rotting floors and termite damage.
“It was strictly a business decision, and it’s sad we had to make that decision,” Kohli said. “We loved that old building. It just ran out of time.”
Jack Mader, local railroad historian, said the station was built in the mid-1800s. In 1875, the Circleville Democrat-Watchman published a schedule for the station. The History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, published in 1880 states the railway was built in 1857.
“The station was built sometime around the 1860s and 1870s,” Mader said. “They added an addition, a baggage and freight room, prior to 1920. The station closed some time in the 1950s and then it sat empty for a number of years before it was purchased again.”
The station serviced two different rail lines, Mader said, the Cincinnati and Muskingum Valley line and the Norfolk and Western Railway.
The Cincinnati and Muskingum line was abandoned in 1976 and had stations at one time in several nearby locations including Amanda, Stoutsville and Washington Court House, Mader said.
“Passenger service on that line ended in 1930, and today much of that rail line is gone,” he said.
The Norfolk and Western, which later became the Norfolk Southern Corporation after a merger in 1982, serviced passengers longer than the Cincinnati and Muskingum line.
“There were four passenger trains that would make stops there at one time,” Mader said. “In 1965, Norfolk ended its passenger service. It was quite the gathering place for locals in its heyday.”
Mader said there were platforms at the station, and after passenger service ended, the shelters were taken down and eventually the concrete slabs were taken out as well.
Kohli offered no information at this time regarding any future plans for the property.