Alderson Train Depot

Alderson Train Depot A fully restored, inside and out, 1896 depot that is one of a kind on the C&O/CSX system. Still an operating depot for Amtrak.
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12/22/2019

The Alderson Train Depot is now closed until next spring. Thanks to all who stopped by this year.

12/18/2019

Come to the Winter Solstice celebration this Saturday evening 6-8 at the Depot and take advantage of the unique gifts available

History  C.&O. Tunnels is on sale.
12/17/2019

History C.&O. Tunnels is on sale.

Brand new "Chessie" coffee mug $10.00
12/17/2019

Brand new "Chessie" coffee mug $10.00

Battery operated RR pocket watch $24.00 (only one)
12/17/2019

Battery operated RR pocket watch $24.00 (only one)

Iron on patches: N&W and CSX $33.00
12/17/2019

Iron on patches: N&W and CSX $33.00

Cozy $3.00
12/17/2019

Cozy $3.00

Reproduction Operating Switch Lock with key. $15.00 ( only 2)
12/17/2019

Reproduction Operating Switch Lock with key. $15.00 ( only 2)

Wonderful Waterproof Door Mat $25.00
12/17/2019

Wonderful Waterproof Door Mat $25.00

12/14/2019

The gift shop at the Depot has gifts from $3 to $40. Open Saturday from 11 -3.

12/04/2019

The Annual Train Show is this weekend; from 10 to 4 on Saturday and 1 to 4 on Sunday. The show is, as always, free for everyone.
Please remember that donations are the only source of income for the Depot.

11/22/2019

By 1890 Alderson was one of the main shipping points on the C.&O. in West Virginia and in 1890 had: a iron foundry, 3 steam saw mills, two hotels, one flour mill, one chair factory, two doctors, one dentist, three churches as well as 15 large general stores in addition to various other businesses. (by Tom Dixon) editor's note: there were four churches in Alderson in 1890

11/08/2019

There is noting wrong with the Depot. This is an old picture.

The Depot is really four entities in one. It is a museum of Alderson's relationship with the C&O and it is a growing mus...
11/08/2019

The Depot is really four entities in one. It is a museum of Alderson's relationship with the C&O and it is a growing museum, of the history of Alderson as a town (more about that in another post. It is also a unique Gift Shop with train related gifts of several kinds (more on that also) and it is home to a couple of operating train layouts all year long. WATCH THIS SITE IN THE COMING WEEKS

09/18/2019

Unfortunately the depot will be closed on Saturday May 21. We really need more volunteers.

These belong with the earlier entry. Sorry about that.
09/02/2019

These belong with the earlier entry. Sorry about that.

09/02/2019

Sorry about no pictures. I'll try and figure out what I did.

09/02/2019

There are several things that make the Alderson Depot unique. These two pictures capture one of the original unique features; the double board work on the west end of the building. This exists only because the storage room was built at the same time as the main Depot building. It was not added later. The addition to the Depot is on the east side where the baggage and express room had a 20 foot addition built on. It is this addition that is proof of how busy a town Alderson was in the last century. The C&O did not build this addition hoping to attract business; they built it because the business they had was too much for the space allotted. The Alderson depot is also the only remaining depot of it's type, the one in Waynesboro. VA having been torn down several years ago. .

Alderson Train Depot
07/29/2019

Alderson Train Depot

Christmas is four and a half months away. Remember that the Alderson Depot has a eclectic gift shop. Stop by and check it out.

Christmas is four and a half months away. Remember that the Alderson Depot has a eclectic gift shop. Stop by and check i...
07/29/2019

Christmas is four and a half months away. Remember that the Alderson Depot has a eclectic gift shop. Stop by and check it out.

05/04/2019

With regret I announce that the Depot will be closed Saturday May 4 due to Illness. Believe me I'd rather be in the Depot.

Winter is over and time to put some toys away. (Photos by Brianna Barkley)
04/09/2019

Winter is over and time to put some toys away. (Photos by Brianna Barkley)

04/09/2019

GOOD NEWS. THE DEPOT IS OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS. STILL LOOKING FOR ONE OR TWO PEOPLE TO AT LEAST DO RELIEF WORK SO WE CAN BE OPEN MORE OFTEN. FULL TRAINING PROVIDED. STOP BY THE DEPOT FOR MORE INFORMATION.

03/09/2019

The Depot is closed until the end of April.. Looking for a couple more folks to volunteer.

03/07/2019

Need help!! Need pictures of flooding of Alderson from any year, the older the better. If you e-mail them to me I can print them. Will take originals also. Need to put together a montage of pictures for display in the Depot. Thanks, in advance.

Just a great picture from a great era of railroading.
02/14/2019

Just a great picture from a great era of railroading.

01/18/2019

The new picture at the top was shot by Sarah Alderson after our recent snow storm

Alderson Train Depot's cover photo
01/18/2019

Alderson Train Depot's cover photo

01/02/2019

THE DEPOT IS CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. WE HAD A GREAT YEAR. SEE YOU IN THE SPRING.

12/21/2018

The Depot will be open this Saturday 12/22 from 11 to 4 and Wednesday 26th from 10-4. We have last minute stocking stuffers.

11/28/2018

The depot will be closed tomorrow Nov 28, Wednesday because of the cold but come see us this weekend for the TRAIN SHOW 10-4 on Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday.

As the gift giving season draws nearer, please remember that the Depot has great stocking stuffers. Purchases help to su...
11/27/2018

As the gift giving season draws nearer, please remember that the Depot has great stocking stuffers. Purchases help to support the Depot. This weekend there will be a couple of specials for those at the train show. We will ship by the most economical means that will get your purchase to you on time.

11/24/2018

DO NOT FORGET THE TRAIN SHOW DECEMBER 1st AND 2ond, 10-4 on Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday. Admission is free but we will be reminding everyone that the Depot relies on your donations to stay open. Every contribution is appreciated

11/24/2018

This post is long overdue and I apologize for my lack of attention. I have had a tough time this fall with my health and I ended up in the hospital three weeks ago with, among other things, a heart attack. Recovery is well under way, but I am way-way behind in getting the Depot ready for the Grand Illumination and the train show next weekend. Lee Skaggs has offered to take over the train show and will do a wonderful job. There is, however, a great deal of work that remains to be done. I'm hoping that some people can come help next week, especially on Wednesday so we can hang the garland, wr3eaths, lights and bows. If you can come some other day, let me know. There is plenty of work to be done inside as well.
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10/23/2018

The wreck of No. 5

"From Washington to Charlottesville and on the C & O line.
Came the old Mid-western limited, Train No, 5, on time.
She was a Cincinnati train, the fastest on the line.
Through the valley of Virginia, into Cliffton Forge, on time.

The engineer at Clifton Forge, Dolly, Womac was his name.
Was there to sign the register and pull the speeding train.
His firemean, Charley Poteet, was standing by his side.
And receiving their train orders, they climbed the cab to ride..

Said Dolly to his fireman,
"Charley, how well I know you know
That for years and years, I've been an engineer and rode the C & O;
For many years I've had this run, just twenty five in all,
And when I blow for Covington they'll surely know my call."

From Covington to Jerry's Run, Old Number 5 did roll,
Through the Alleghanny tunnel with a crew so brave and bold
And west bound to the Mountain State, to White Sulphur Springs on time,
With orders to switch over there and take the east main line.

Just four miles further down the line he hit a broken rail,
No more to pull Old Number Five, no more to haul the mail.
The engine turned not over but a steam pipe broke in two
And two hundred pounds of pressure killed poor Dolly brave and true.

Earth's air brakes then were all set tight, life's throttle valve shut down,
And Dolly's now a pilot in a crew that wears a crown,
With a clear block into Heaven's gate, he'll pull his mighty train,
And there to God's great Round House, Womac will register his name!.

Address

Railroad Avenue
Alderson, WV
24910

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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Our Train Depot at night. Photo by Bill Ward
The Ghost Train. Alderson has been the location of some spectacular train wrecks in the old days of railroading. One of them had a side incident which enters the realm of the supernatural. Mohler's Curve lay a mile below Alderson, and the stretch of track was a treacherous one. The date was October 4, 1881. The time was 1 o'clock in the morning. Through the darkness roared Engine 112, pulling a heavy freight train. Coming from the opposite direction thundered Engine 110, also dragging a train of freight cars. Somehow, the night signal operator in the tower at Alderson failed to hold the west bound train until the eastbound had passed. The two behemoths pounded toward each other on a single track. When they met head on in a terrifying roar of escaping steam and crashing steel, it had happened too fast for the crew of Engine 110 to jump. The engineer and fireman both died. The impact smashed both locomotives to unrecognizable heaps of twisted metal, piled cars 50 feet high, and spread destruction over several hundred yards of the railroad right-of-way. A brakeman was found alive under a mound of 500 cross ties. Some trainmen were hurled 50 feet through the air by the impact, yet miraculously survived. Several were killed outright, however. Now for the supernatural happening, often related by J. H. Hoover of Alderson, head brakeman on the eastbound freight pulled by Engine 112. He was sitting on top of a car some distance back in the bright moonlight. He looked across the bottom land toward the river, and suddenly, out where there were no tracks, but where such a thing could not be, there stood a phantom locomotive with headlight burning, and on the engine side the numerals "110". Brakeman Hoover made his way to the front of his train and told the engineer and fireman what he had seen. He said he believed the vision to have been a warning. A few moments later he saw the gleam of approaching headlights as Engine 112 went into Mohler's Curve. Then he jumped and rolled down the embankment, an instant before the two trains crashed together. A short time after, he was able to climb back up to the tracks and view the wreck. He was certain of the number he would see on the westbound engine, and he was right. The number was 110. "Then and there," said Brakeman Hoover, "I quit railroading."
Who should I contact for access to the depot for a costume photo shoot?
Alderson Train Depot.....looking good.
Blast from the past. The old Alderson Hotel.
If you haven't stopped by the Alderson Train Depot recently come on by and see a piece of history.