Columbus, OH rail yards and Union Station

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carajul
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Columbus, OH rail yards and Union Station

Post by carajul »

Was looking at historic areials and just wanted to know what happened to all the massive rail yards that were around the union station area. Looks like they were there until the late 80s. Now just mainline tracks and the yards are all grass and dirt. Some of these yards looked pretty substantial. How did the entire rail structure just evaporate like that?

Sir Ray
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Re: Columbus, OH rail yards and Union Station

Post by Sir Ray »

Well, just in case you haven't reviewed the wiki entry on Columbus Union Station:
The freight yards and servicing facilities located east of the station had been replaced by the construction of the new Buckeye Yard near Hilliard by the Penn Central in the late 1960s. The multitrack yards and shop areas eventually gave way to I-670 in the early 1990s. The viaduct over I-670 was constructed with a cap, and shops lining High Street reminiscent of the long gone arcade.
Union Station was closed in 1977 due to lack of usage, and the station torn down and land repurposed, at least partly for the convention center. Remember also that union stations from the peak era would have a lot of servicing facilities and supporting trackage - coach yards, express/mail, LCL freight, and so on. That all dwindled away thru the '60s and '70s till no longer needed.

So, not an unheard of story for many mid-tier US cities...

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