B. and O. Union Station

    The New Union Station was built in 1912. The new building, built to be a perminent fixture in Ellwood City, was constructed from brick where as the original station built in 1891 was completely built of wood. The new station had two waiting rooms compared to the earlier structure that housed just one waiting room. Of the two waiting rooms, one was for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie railway and the other waiting room was for the Baltimore & Ohio trains.

Passenger rail service ended in Ellwood City August 25th 1981 (P&LE was the last). The event marked the end of eighty nine years of rail service on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie spur line which connected Ellwood City to the mail line at west Ellwood Junction across the Beaver River.

In the photos, you can see the old Park Hotel in the background.

 2 Comments to “B. and O. Union Station”

Timothy Gerard wrote: You state that rail service ended in 1981, but as a child in the 70’s I do not remember the old Union Station building still standing, so my question is when was the station torn down, and where did passengers catch the trains after the station was gone?

Ben Wrote: I am still looking for an actual date that the Union Station on 5th Street was torn down. As soon as I get one I will post it right away. However, I did find out that the railroad companies had a bus that would pick up passengers in Ellwood City, bus them to Wampum where they would board the trains in Wampum. They considered this as part of the 89 years of rail service offered to Ellwood City. As soon as I get a date as of when the passengers actually stopped boarding in Ellwood City, I will be sure to share that right away.

Linda Turner wrote: I remember the station in the late 40’s and in the 50’s. My Mom and I and a couple of aunts and cousin went there to catch the train to Pittsburgh to see Roy Rogers & Trigger. My first train ride and to see Roy & Trigger. I remember Roy had Trigger raise up (not sure of proper term).IT WAS SO EXCITING for a between 6-8year old. I loved Roy and I have some of his old movies on dvd. (don’t laugh too hard).
I live near Chatsworth where Roy, Dale and family lived for a long time. They were just members of the community. There are streets named for them + for Trigger.
Jo Ann (Miller) Oxsen wrote: Mom, Dad & I used to drive to the station to meet my Great Aunt Lucia (“Auntie”) when she’d visit from Hammond, IN. I remember getting car sick one time and ruining Auntie’s fur jacket. Also on my 10th birthday in 1956, Mom, Dad and I rode the train into Pittsburgh to see the KDKA TV show “Meet Your Neighbor”- my first train ride and a memorable experience.
Gavynne Hehman wrote: I was reading ghost stories about Ellwood City and wanted to know if anyone knew about “the hanging tree” above the old railroad tunnel behind the steel mill? Also where the train station burnt down, it said in the early hours of the morning before sunset there are sightings of wierd figures around the area of where the old building used to be. I just wondered if there was a way to explore these things further.

2 thoughts on “B. and O. Union Station”

  1. I remember taking the train to Pittsburgh from Wampum with my mother. This would have been in the mid 1950’s. I think we arrived at what is Station Square now then walked across the bridge to shop and have lunch. I loved riding on the train. It was an adventure that I have remembered and cherished my whole life. Maybe commuter train travel will become more widespread someday.

  2. I too had a train trip to Pittsburgh with my mother to visit my grandparents in the 1950’s. Just as Carole feels, it was a one of a kind trip I’ll never forget. I have learned through my model train research that it was the increased safety and speed of airline travel following WWII that caused passenger train travel to decline. Then along came Amtrak in the ’70’s. That put the nail in the coffin with reduced schedules and poor quality service. There are still passenger trains with sleeper cars. They are what I call “nostalgia rides,” as the cost and time involved are so much more than taking a plane to the same destination. The Pennsylvania Rail Road was the pride of the nation!

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