NRHS Announces Top Eight Endangered U.S. Railroad Landmarks


First-everMost At-Risk” list from NRHS includes irreplaceable stations, rare locomotives and other railroad resources threatened with imminent demise

Once-majestic train stations, iconic steam and diesel locomotives, a vintage Pennsylvania farming railroad, and the nation’s oldest narrow-gauge railroad are among the top endangered U.S. railroad landmarks named by the National Railway Historical Society in April 2013.

The NRHS Most At-Risk list, the first in an annual series, is a key element of the organization’s Legacy Initiative, a 12-point program designed to raise public awareness of and coordinate support for threatened railroad artifacts and resources. The NRHS Legacy Initiative is designed to address these concerns by sharing ideas, boosting preservation capacity and presenting a unified voice for the railroad preservation movement.

As a community of railway historians, preservationists, and enthusiasts, we are the beneficiaries of a profoundly rich legacy. These surviving relics are national treasures from a time of pioneers and patriots,” said Nathaniel Guest, NRHS preservation programs director. “Their preservation is our responsibility to our future generations. This list is designed to engage and inspire the public to action before these treasures are lost forever.”

The eight most endangered railroad landmarks in 2013 are the following:

Atlantic Coast Line Locomotive No. 1504, Jacksonville, Fla.

Stewartstown Railroad, York County, Pa.

L&N Diesel Locomotive No. 770, New Haven, Ky.

Duffields Station, Duffields, W.Va.

East Broad Top Railroad, Orbisonia, Pa.

Union Station, Gary, Ind.

The Lion Gardiner, Kingston, N.Y.

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, Mich.


While the NRHS advocates for the preservation of each of the resources presented in this At Risk list, the NRHS is not affiliated with and bears no responsibility for the actions or decisions any of the organizations referenced herein, unless otherwise noted.