Lakeside & Marblehead Railroad Depot, Lakeside Ohio
Posted by: Team RAGAR
N 41° 32.365 W 082° 44.932
17T E 354120 N 4600116
Quick Description: Located in Lakeside,Ohio one of the few remaining Chautauqua Communities.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:36:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM70XT
The Lakeside and Marblehead Railroad was incorporated constructed on or about October 1, 1886. The line was finished by the end of December. The first revenue freight ran on the line January 3, 1887, and passenger service opened January 17, 1887.
L&M passengers were carried at first with steam trains, then, beginning in 1910, with two gasoline rail motor cars. The first motor car was a four-wheeled Fairbanks-Morse Model 24 carrying 35 passengers. The second, which operated from 1916 to 1930, was a 55-foot (17 m) McKeen car carrying 48 passengers. Passenger ridership peaked around 1904 at roughly 19,000 passengers per year.
The railroad's depot at Lakeside, Ohio, was restored in 2003 and is now used as a multi-purpose meeting facility. The railroad's Danbury depot has been moved to Fremont, Ohio, for use as a business. The line's engine houses and station in Marblehead are gone.
A portion of the line's right-of-way in Lakeside is now a walking path. None of the line's rolling stock survives. A few sections of original track remain within Lafarge's quarry property.
Is the station/depot currently used for railroad purposes?: No
Is the station/depot open to the public?: Yes
If the station/depot is not being used for railroad purposes, what is it currently used for?:
A multi-purpose meeting facility.
What rail lines does/did the station/depot serve?: Lakeside and Marblehead Rail Road
Station/Depot Web Site: [Web Link]
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