Old Erie RR Depot.
The New Lisbon branch RR, incorporated in 1864 and opened in 1870,
ran from Niles to New Lisbon and merged in 1872 into the Cleveland
and Mahoning Valley RR.
It was leased to the New York, Pennsylvania
and Ohio railroad which built this frame station (1872) and in
1880 became part of the Erie RR.
The station was located on Mahoning
Street (formerly Depot Street) just west of Pratt Street. Around
1915 the station was demolished when the Erie railroad replaced
it with a larger brick station.
This brick station, opened in 1915,
was located on Mahoning Street (formerly Depot Street) just west
of Pratt Street. It was the most luxurious in Niles, constructed
of brick and was a fine example of 19th century Western Stick
This station was demolished in 1981. PO1.1459
The Erie Railroad Station on Mahoning
Avenue shortly before it was demolished in 1981. Photo
Stations in Niles, Ohio
Erie Railroad Station – Origin and Demise.
Headline in the Niles Daily News
Tuesday May 26, 1914.
McKinley Memorial Birthplace Committee
Secures a New Erie Depot
Conference last week in New York Brings about desired result.
Niles Man may be thanked for new improvement.
Harry M. Stevens of this city–the real promoter
Youngstown and Warren outdistanced in the securing of accommodations
for traveling public–Site will soon be decided upon.
“It is given out today from an
authentic source that Niles is to have a modern depot which
will be the gift of the McKinley Memorial Association decided
upon at a meeting held at the office of John G. Milburn
in New York City last Friday.
During his last visit to his home in this city, Harry M. Stevens,
while in conference with C.S. Thomas of the Board of
Trade and W.A. Thomas of the McKinley Birthplace Memorial
Association, divulged the plans which he had perfected whereby
the city could procure a new Erie depot that would be in keeping
with the progress of the city when the group plan of buildings
around the Memorial is perfected. Messrs. Thomas were impressed
with the solution offered by their fellow townsman and agreed
to attend a meeting with Fred Underwood, President
of the Erie, at any time Mr. Stevens would arrange. At this
meeting, J.G. Butler, W.A. Thomas, Wade A. Taylor,
Harry M. Stevens and Chas.S. Thomas were in attendance
with Mr. Underwood, General Manager of the Erie and also Attorney
Orcutt, head of the legal department.
During the meeting, which was held Friday, Mr. Underwood gave
the Nilesites to understand that is was solely through the influence
of his friend, Mr. Stevens, that he had accepted the offer of
the Memorial Association and consented to the changes which
will be necessitated by the acceptance of the proposal made
by the Association.”
Erie Railroad Depot Demolished.
The last passenger train to board paying customers here was
the Youngstown-Cleveland commuter service. It made its last
runs on January 14, 1977. Prior to that, such Erie-Lackawanna
passenger trains as the Lake Cities, Atlantic Express/Pacific
Express and the Phoebe Snow called here. The last of those was
the Lake Cities, which was discontinued in January 1970.
A wrecking crew made quick work of the old Erie Railroad Depot
on Mahoning Avenue Monday morning, closing another chapter of
Niles’ prosperous history. For many, the end of a familiar
brick structure came as inevitable-not a pleasant thought but
one that was bound to happen. “We realized it was going
to go…but we didn’t know when,” explained
Niles Historical Society President Nancy Sandin Monday
“The society had at one time entertained the thought of
moving the depot and restoring it to its former grandeur”,
she said, “but in reality the project would have been
too costly, among other factors”. The fact that the building
was brick would have made moving it virtually impossible, unlike
a wooden structure, and there would also have been the problem
of where to put it.
Zoning inspector, Melvin Rose, who issued a demolition
permit to Asphalt Specialists out of Girard last week, said
that the building was in “fairly decent” shape and
that it was structurily sound, however, “ there wasn’t
much that could be done with it”, he said.
Its location, at the intersection of Mahoning Avenue and Pratt
Street, was ideal during the railroad’s heyday but that
any thoughts of restoring the building at its present location
were slim. One discouraging factor was the lack of adequate
parking space, but then the depot was built when trains were
a popular means of travel.
The depot, which apparently was built in the early 1900s, was
a source of pride for Niles in those early days. Local history
books proclaim that during the heyday of passenger trains, the
Erie station on Mahoning Avenue was the “most luxurious”
in Niles and it was considered a fine example of 19th century
(ed. Western Stick) architecture.
On behalf of the Niles Historical Society, Mrs. Sandin said,
“The society feels very badly about it. It bothers me
that we couldn’t do something,” referring to depots
in other communities that have been restored into quaint restaurants
The depot was located on Conrail property and it was the railroad
company’s decision that the structure be finally torn
down. Conrail did not make public Monday the exact reasons why
or future plans for the site, if any. The building inspector
said the demolition by Conrail was done voluntarily.
Niles Daily Times........................................................................December
Robin West, Assistant City Editor
The Erie Rail Road passenger station
was near Langley Street and the Niles Firebrick factory.
The Erie Depot had been boarded
up prior to its demolition in 1981.
WWII draftees standing in front of the Erie Railroad Depot,
John Kosance, ?Parker, unknown, Jim Petrilla, Raymond
Sanfrey, and Joseph Guerra.
Drawings of New Erie Railroad Station on Mahoning Avenue.
Niles soldiers going to the service. 1918…This photo was
taken at the old Erie Train Station, My Grandfather (William
Harris) and his brother, Frederick Kent Harris were
on the train. The train was taking new draftees for processing
in 1918. Their father (Frederick Harris) is seen left-of-center,
next to the woman with the white collar — Richard Harris
(R) A small part of the crowd at
the Erie Railroad train station when the Niles boys left for Chillicothe,
Ohio for WWI. Dated Sept. 21,1917.
The American Railway Express operated
at the Erie Railroad Depot on Mahoning Avenue in Niles, Ohio.
Charles Robinson, carrying a pistol in a holster, is
featured with his horse and delivery wagon. Goods that arrived
at the station would be delivered throughout the city. PO1.2022
Steam locomotive and tender
Erie Rail Road as it crosses over
County Line Road in Mineral Ridge. P11.42
Erie Rail Road caboose as it
crosses over County Line Road in Mineral Ridge. P11.41
An early view of the Pennsylvania
Railroad passenger station, which was located on South Main Street
near the Mahoning River.
The Niles Firebrick Company is in
the background. PO1.1460
Penn station in the snow, located on the east
side of the viaduct with the Mahoning River on the right side.
Photo 1950 P11.174
1978 view of the Pennsylvania
Railroad passenger station. S11.178
An aerial view of the Niles Firebrick
kilns looking west with the Mahoning River and Pennsylvania Railroad
stations and yard on the left side. PO2.474
Pennsylvania Station and railyards on
South Main Street with the Mahoning River
on the right and Niles Firebrick in
background center. PO1.1427
The Pennsylvania Railroad yard. Photo
Pennsylvania Railroad Station,
Abandoned Niles Firebrick buildings in background. S11.179
View showing the PRR crossing at
South Main Street and Water Street.CA 1930
Object in foreground is water standpipe
for filling tender, crossing gate tower
and water tower are in background. PO1.1461
Photograph taken from the viaduct
looking to the west. Seen are St. Stephen Church and the Nun's
home, and St. Stephen school.
PRR Water tower on left side.
Photo 1950. PO11.170
(L): The B&O railroad
was located on the north side of Church Street. It ran through
Niles as early as 1874. It later expanded taking in the Ashtabula
& Pittsburgh line and the Painesville & Youngstown line.
Prior to 1953, State Street did
not intersect with Robbins Avenue. The curved street is Church
Street which did intersect Robbins.
(R): B&O Freight Station in
The Rose Building Complex on Robbins Avenue is in the left background.
The new B&O railroad at Crow
Orchard about 1902. The RR was constructed in 1902 and its landfill
covered the historic Salt Springs which attracted early settlers
to the valley. PO1.1457
Waiting at the RR station for the
No date or other information available. PO1.1463
Someone got their signals mixed
and the result must have been an ear-splitting crash as these
two behemoths met head on near Niles. Unable to determine whether
the wreck was on the Painesville and Youngstown RR or the PRR&
Western RR as both ran through Niles. PO1.1455
Old Pennsylvania steam locomotive
No. 9005. This was an 060 type engine. It had no front truck,
6 drive wheels and no trailing trucks. This type of engine was
used for short hauls and yard work. Notice the "derby"
hats on two of the maintenance crew. PO1.1464
The Fifth Avenue Iron Bridge with
wooden roadway provided access over the Pennsylvania Railroad
tracks that followed
the Mahoning River. P11.223C
In 1953 the North Main Street Underpass
project was completed. This allowed cars and trucks to continually
travel the roadway without having to wait at an elevated railroad
crossing for passing trains. The Erie and B&O trackseach had
their own bridge overpass. S11.254
In 2011 the piers supporting the
Iron bridge were damaged by a train and a new replacement bridge
was constructed over the railroad tracks at the end of Fifth Avenue.
Postcard view of Pennsylvania
Train, No. 237, leaving Niles, Ohio.
Pennsylvania Railroad tracks and
crossing along the Mahoning River near the Ohio Edison plant,
Pennsylvannia Railroad engine# 7882.
Eaton Anderson & Forsythe, yard crew. P01.2057
Railway Express employees.
PRR passenger and freight station.
Photo 1976. S11.180