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Erie Railroad Train Station - New Castle PA

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In 1887 a small branch railway, which soon came under the control of the Erie Railroad (ERIE), was built along the east bank of the Shenango River from New Castle up to Sharon. A small freight and passenger station was established in New Castle in 1889 – and the railroad entered into a partnership of sorts with the P&LE. At some point in the early 1900’s a train station (shown above) was built at the intersection of West Washington and Shenango Streets. Further research is needed to determine the exact date of construction. The station remained in use for many decades, even after the ERIE merged with rival railroad in October 1960 to form the new Erie-Lackawanna Railroad (EL) – which was later merged into the government-owned CONRAIL system in 1976. The passenger station in New Castle was closed in about 1970 and put up for sale a few years later. (c1925) Full Size


By the mid-1970’s the future of the abandoned train station was in serious doubt. It sat directly within the right of way for the proposed Columbus Inter Belt – a small highway system to be built around the downtown area of New Castle. The city soon took over control of the property and legal wranglings ensued. Various groups worked feverishly to preserve the station as a museum and eventually won the right to relocate the building. In the spring of 1977 it was moved onto a new foundation located just 300 feet to the north. The building was subsequently restored and today is home to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. (May 2013) Full Size


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Comment

  1. I lived in the neighborhood in the early 1950s and again around 1968. I remember as a kid, probably 1956, my dad took me to see the last steam engine to stop at the station. Frank’s Bar and Grill was just down the street and was one of his favorite watering holes.

    David Denny · 03/16/2016 04:51 PM · #