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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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

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01/18/2019

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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!.

10/23/2018

The following is from a column titled, "Yesterdat\y and Today" from the Beckley paper and was written by Shirley Donnelly. He quotes a letter sent to him by a Ray Martin.
I am reminded of a wreck just west of White Sulphur Springs back in 1919. In that wreck, the engineer, Dolly Womac lost his life. At that time I was braking out of Hinton and knew most all the men on the Hinton and Clifton Forge divisions. I am sending you a ballad of the wreck referred to.
"It gives, I think, a very true account of just the way the0 wreck happened and the men involved. Any way, this is my version of it."
Perhaps Ray Martin is the only person who remembers the fatal wreck of over 41 years ago. Here follows his version of the ballad about the wreck in which Dolly Womac men his untimely doom.

[End of first part of the post. Ballad to follow.]

09/22/2018

New information. From the March 27, 1957 issue of Hinton Daily News. The new heating system was installed during the recent renovations. At the same time all three chimneys were removed according to the picture accompaning the article. A new slate roof was installed at this time. Paint scheme --grey and white.

Just east of the Depot waiting patiently.
08/02/2018

Just east of the Depot waiting patiently.

08/02/2018

Sorry there hasn't been much new on here recently, but July was a challenge for me and my health. I'll try to get back into the swing of things.

The Depot will be open before and after the parade. Stop on by. We'll have some bottled water for sale and would love to...
07/04/2018

The Depot will be open before and after the parade. Stop on by. We'll have some bottled water for sale and would love to meet as many people as possible. Sale in the gift shop and as always, remember that we rely on your donations to keep growing.

Photos from Alderson Train Depot's post
06/09/2018

Photos from Alderson Train Depot's post

05/30/2018

Depot is open today, May 30. Come on by.

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05/29/2018

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Saturday an Eastbound train clipped a car at the crossing for the Memorial Bridge. No injuries, but it closed the bridge...
05/29/2018

Saturday an Eastbound train clipped a car at the crossing for the Memorial Bridge. No injuries, but it closed the bridge crossing for several hours. These pictures show a Westbound train very slowly passing the other train which was stopped for inspection.

05/23/2018

Depot is oprn today May 23. Come on by and sit a spell.

05/19/2018

The Depot is closed today,May 20th because of a lack of volunteers. We do apologise.

05/10/2018

THE DEPOT WILL BE CLOSED THIS SATURDAY MAY 12. WE REALLY NEED OTHER PEOPLE TO HELP COVER THE DAYS WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OPEN SO WE DON'T DISAPPOINT FOLKS. TRAINING IS AVAILABLE.

Among other things notice the three (3) chimneys on the Depot. The one on the closer end would have been in what is now ...
05/06/2018

Among other things notice the three (3) chimneys on the Depot. The one on the closer end would have been in what is now a storeroom which is one of the defining features of this unique Depot. The Depot was designed with this room attached, it is not an add-on.

05/02/2018

DEPOT WILL BE OPEN AFTER NOON TODAY, WEDNESDAY 5/2.

04/28/2018

The Depot will not be open until noon today. Sorry if this messed you up.

04/23/2018

Working hard on collecting pictures of business that used to operate in and around Alderson.The Gift Shop received new merchandise for kids of all ages last week and it's on display. The collections of past issues of "Trains" "Model Railroader" and C&O Historical Society Journal are also organized and up for sale. Working on getting an operating layout or two in the baggage room. Still looking for additional volunteers to staff the museum. If you don't want to commit to a standing day, how about being a relief agent?

04/14/2018

We've been open over a week now. Stop by and visit.

We look fantastic right now, but there were times. After the paint was stripped (lead abatement) and we painted, one day...
04/14/2018

We look fantastic right now, but there were times. After the paint was stripped (lead abatement) and we painted, one day the whole retaining wall on the Railroad Avenue side just collapsed. Not repairable; had to be totally replaced. Now the front deck of the Depot is wider and gives a great view of the street.

04/07/2018

Alderson :'(Train Depot needs a couple of additional volunteers to allow us to have the Depot open additional days. If you could give six hours on Friday or four hours on Sunday, let's talk. Training will be provided.

Amtrak has announced that it will no longer haul private cars This will have a terrible effect on excursion trains and e...
03/30/2018

Amtrak has announced that it will no longer haul private cars This will have a terrible effect on excursion trains and events like Hinton RR days, We won't see more of these on the rails through town.

Photos from Alderson Train Depot's post
03/30/2018

Photos from Alderson Train Depot's post

03/29/2018

Do you have train related items that belonged to someone in the family that are now in a box in the attic or the back of a closet; too special to throw away, but not anything you want to display in the house? We will gladly accept donations that can be put on view for many to share and will give credit for where your items came from. Can you help us out? Find out about the ways in which you can donate. Thanks.

03/27/2018

A reminder that the depot opens on April 4th.

03/27/2018

When was the baggage room in the depot enlarged? Answer tomorrow.

03/26/2018

The Alderson Depot was built in one week by the carpenter crew of the C&O Railway.

Alderson Hospitality Hotel across the tracks from the Depot.
03/25/2018

Alderson Hospitality Hotel across the tracks from the Depot.

03/25/2018
03/25/2018

How long did it take to build the Alderson Train Depot that stands today? Answer tomorrow

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03/22/2018

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03/22/2018

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03/22/2018
Alderson Train Depot

Alderson Train Depot

Although we are closed today because of an excess of snow we will be open for the season on April 3 and almost every Wednesday and Saturday until December as well as during the Strawberry Festival, the Fourth of July festivities and other special events. We are museum and reference center, a Souvenir Shop, and a source of all sorts of miscellaneous information.

Address

Railroad Avenue
Alderson, WV
24910

Opening Hours

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

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