Sardinia OH Depot

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Sun Mar 20 11:27:53 EDT 2011

Hello George,
I have seen no evidence that the Sardinia depot ever caught fire, however
I don't live there so cannot be 100% positive. I stopped there on just about
every excursion train that passed there in the late '80s, and can say what
you may have witnessed is a combination of black and gray paint applied to a
large portion of the building, the flaking off of this paint, plus the
simple deterioration of the structure. From a distance or a passing glance
on a video, it probably would appear that a fire had occurred. The last time
I was there in late 1988, the windows and doors had been covered with
plywood, but there had been no fire. The depot was torn down in October
1989. I'll try to email a picture to you to see if that could be what you

Now a depot in the area did catch fire and burned to the ground during this
time. In July 1988, arsonists burned down the depot at nearby Peebles, OH,
just east of Sardinia. The building was burned completely to the ground and
still smoldering 2 days later when I happened to stop by there on our way to
a Cincinnati Reds game. I had no idea of the fire and wanted to take
possibly a few last pictures of the building before they tore it down. I was
two days too late!

Jim Detty
Lucasville, Ohio

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I was watching a Greg Scholl Video, NS's Peavine. There was a quick view
of the Sardinia Depot. It appeared as if it had been damaged by fire. The
narrator said the depot was gone. Did the depot have a fire, if so when?
I am trying to collect info and photos of the depots of the various former
N&W Divisions. I will retire shortly and also planning rail-fan/chase trips
along the various divisions in my future travels to create a depot
program(s) for future NRHS programs.

Thank you in advance for any info, and if you have a photo you would like to
share or point me to, that will be greatly appreciated.

Have a good day.


George L Weber
Winston-Salem Chapter NRHS
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