Thursday, July 24, 2008

Abandoned Rail Depot off of 75.

Ever since I was a young kid I can remember passing this structure. While our car sped southbound on Interstate 75 you could see it sitting parallel to the railroad tracks. It had the architecture of a building you'd see sitting along your toy Lionel trains (didn't everyone have those?). However, it seems that Sir Topham Hat, Thomas, Percy, Gordon, Scheemer, and all of the other shiny time station friends (anyone get the Thomas the Tank Engine reference?) have been gone since the mid 70's according to the papers inside. You've probably seen it on your way to a Red's game, the aquarium, or for any other reason you'd go southbound on I-75, now see what its like up close.

"FernaldSpecter" aka "Jeff" aka "Jeffey" aka "Chris"

"Ladies and Gentleman, we got him!"

"Conductor's View."

"Traffic and the Mill Creek Expressway"

This rail depot stands as a symbol and a memorial to an industry that once used to dominate the Queen City, replaced by ever evolving technology. As time moves forwards, remnants get left behind and it's people like me and FernaldSpecter, Tron2.0, and Seicer (and so many others) that like to document those remnants. Nothing makes for a better day off work than exploring Cincinnati.

- Gordon Bombay


  1. This is actually a switch tower that has been abandoned for as long as I can remember (and I'm 46). It was used to control rail traffic for incoming and outgoing trains. I'm thinking it was owned by the Baltimore and Ohio and was used in conjunction with the Chesapeke and Ohio, Norfolk and Western and Pennsylvania. Could be wrong about some of these but I'm pretty sure the B&O had control of the switches.

  2. how did you get there? like what street is closet to accessing it?

  3. I know this is an old thread...but Railroad Avenue (in St. Bernard, runs off Vine Street just north of the 75 underpass) dead ends at this structure.