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Ø  March 1851 - First wood frame train station was build for Cleveland, Painesville and Ashtabula RR.

Ø  November 20, 1851 - First train ran from Painesville to Cleveland

Ø  March 1869 - Lake Shore Railway Co. was formed

Ø  May 1869 - Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad was formed

Ø  July 1892 - Ground breaking of the new  Lake Shore depot.

Ø  February 1, 1893 - The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Station Opens

Ø  1893 - inspector J. W. Leighton said, "It's the finest station of this line east of Cleveland and it is

    surpassed by none in convenient, arrange mentor elegance of finish."

Ø  April 29, 1914 - The New York Central Railroad Company was formed by the consolidation of the

    Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Co. and 10 other railroad companies.

Ø  During World War I, Lake County service men said "Goodbye" from this station. The station

    became a canteen for the traveling soldiers during World War II.

Ø March 1, 1969 - Penn Central Railroad was formed

Ø  May 1971 - Passenger service to Painesville Depot had stopped.

Ø  May 1971 – The depot became a Greyhound Bus station until about mid 1988.

Ø  1988 - Conrail used the depot for storing signals and equipment.

Ø  1993 - The building was purchased by Edward Dunlap.

Ø  1997 - The Western Reserve Railroad Association was formed to help save this historic landmark.

Ø  2000 - The Lubrizol Corporation donated a caboose to the WRRA.

Ø  2002 Ohio Historical Maker awarded

Ø  2006 The caboose was destroyed in a fire.

Ø  2015 City of Painesville makes Railroad Street and Depot a Historic District.



This is from atlas of 1896. This is before the underpass on State Street. For a larger view, click HERE.

Engineering drawings of adding the underpass on State Street, 1926For a larger view, click HERE.


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The Painesville Railroad Museum
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