Thurmond Depot - The Museum
The Thurmond Depot, a two-story wood-frame structure from 1905, still serves as as "flagstop" for Amtrak trains. Just recently the old railroad depot was painstakingly restored and now houses a visitors center and museum. The depot is open to the public during the tourist season. Located in the heart of the New River Gorge National River the old train station is visited by thousands of tourists and railfans each year.
During its many years of active service, the building actually served as both a depot and as an office building for Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) workers. On the West end of the 2nd-story, the Yardmasters Office overlooks the Thurmond's West Yard. The office has been restored with authentic furniture, fixtures and equipment from the era of the early-1900's. An HO model train on display accurately depicts the Loup Creek passenger train of the late steam locomotive period.
Also on the 2nd-floor, the Trainmaster Office is now filled with near life-sized photos of people who once worked in the historic town of Thurmond. Originally, the 2nd-floor housed two Trainmaster's Offices, a Car Dispatcher's Office, a Conductor's Room, a Supervisor's Office, and an office used by the McKell Coal & Coke Company.
On the ground-floor, the Ticket Master's office has been restored with authentic fixtures and several displays includes a manikins dressed in the C&O uniform of the period. Also on the ground floor is located a gift shop and information desk staffed by the National Park Service.
During the decades of early-1900's, huge amount of coal was shipped through the Thurmond Depot, from the mines located on the nearby branch line railroads that surrounded the town. During the era it was often boasted that, through Thurmond more three times as much freight was shipped than was through Cincinnati.
See also: Thurmond, West Virginia
Additional photos of Thurmond, WV railroad structures and the town are available at WVePostcards.com, including: Thurmond's Restored Depot : Thurmond, WV : Railroad Photos : Thurmond Railroad Structures: Thurmond Coaling Tower : Thurmond, WV.