MADISON COUNTY

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EXISTING STATIONS
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Current
Location
Type Current
Use
Date
Built
Track
Status
Building
Material
More
Info
Florence Switch SR 142 East end of London P Museum ???? None Wood
London Between South Walnut and South Main Streets
(GPS: 39.946895,-83.269329)
P Business 1890 In Use Brick  
London Off South Main, across from PRR station
(GPS: 39.884524,-83.445202)
F Storage ???? Gone Wood  
Mt. Sterling  Church Street near Market Street C Railroad ???? In Use Wood  
West Jefferson West side of North Walnut Street just south of the underpass for the tracks.
(GPS: 39.94657,-83.269136)
P Unknown ???? In Use Wood
STATIONS OF THE PAST
Station
Name
Original
Railroad
Notes
Lilly Chapel Was previously North of tracks in trees on private property near grain elevator. Supposedly torn down after being in bad shape.
London This is an illustration of the first station in London from 1854. I'm not sure which RR built this. Was it the LMC&X RR, the Springfield & Columbus Shortline RR or the IB&W? The original Springfield, London & Columbus RR (Cleveland, Sandusky & Columbus) station was on the west side of Union Street where the existing freight station is (was this the original passenger station?). The original LMC&X station was on the east side of South Main Street, just west of where the existing brick PRR station is.  
London Big 4 station is on left, PRR station is on right in photo. Both the CCC&ST.L and PRR had freight stations across the tracks from their respective stations. The IB&W (predecessor of the Big 4), may have had an original station at this location first. These stations were between Union and Main Streets.
Plain City This station was on the east side of Maple Street (formerly Railroad Street) just north of Maple Court. The station was next to the creek and there is now (2009) a commercial building there. Behind that building still exists a small trestle for the tracks and bridges that held the platforms to the station. The early station here was known as Pleasant Valley until 1883 when it was changed to Plain City.
West Jefferson The original Little Miami, Columbus & Xenia RR station was on the east side of Walnut on the south side of the tracks (GPS:39.946879,-83.268873). The freight house was attacched to the NE side of the building.
1898 MADISON COUNTY RAILROAD MAP
Notes About Existing Stations...

Florence Switch (PCC&St.L) - This station is now at the Madison County Historical Museum. This building was the Florence Switch flag stop. According to my 1970 Penn Central timetable, Florence was located at MP 31.2, halfway between London (MP 25.0) and South Charleston (MP 36.3) on the C&X Branch (now lifted). This very neat little building was apparently used for both passengers and local freight. It's very nicely restored and is full of some neat photos and other railroad displays. -- Tom Swisher

West Jefferson (PCC&St.L) - When the PRR elevated the grade sometime between 1910 and 1926, the original Little Miami RR stations on the east side of Walnut were replaced with a this passenger depot on the west side of Walnut and a small freight depot (now gone) up at track level. Essentially the RR depots and the John Murray Lumber Compnay swapped sides of the street during this period. After passenger service ended, the passenger station served as an express office. Although it is at an odd angle to the tracks, according to old maps it is still in its original location and orientation.  -- Donald Burden