Sharpsburg will take over Antietam Station

March 04, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - The Town of Sharpsburg will take over Antietam Station near town and review possible uses for it, including possible restoration for use for model railroad displays.

Town Council members voted 4-2 on Monday night to take over the train station from the Washington County Commissioners at no cost.

The commissioners believe the town could make better use of the building, said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

"We want to protect the station," said Town Councilwoman Denise Troxell.

The building has been vacant for at least six years.

Troxell suggested setting up a committee to review the 40 proposals the county received from various groups interested in the property.


The Town Council would make the final decision on which group to offer a lease for the station, she said.

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc. and Hagerstown chapter of the National Railway Historical Society are interested in restoring the station and using it for model railroad displays, said Bob Tracey, a member of both groups.

The model railroad group hasn't had a place for displays since it moved out of the Hagerstown Fairgrounds about four years ago, Tracey said.

Council members Matt Ryan and Hal Spielman opposed taking over the train station. They said they don't want town money to be spent on the station.

Ryan also said he had concerns about lead paint and soil contamination.

The group that leases the station would be responsible for all costs associated with the building, Troxell said. Any soil contamination would be the responsibility of the railroad.

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