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Station renovation site plan approved

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Club is spearheading the plans to transform the former Antietam railroad station at Md. 34 in Shar

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Club is spearheading the plans to transform the former Antietam railroad station at Md. 34 in Shar

December 03, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan Monday night that calls for the renovation of the former Antietam railroad station for a club and museum.

The Hagerstown Model Railroad Club is spearheading the plans for the .35-acre site at Md. 34 in the west end of Sharpsburg.

The nonprofit museum group received grant money and other contributions to pay for the renovations, officials have said. A preliminary estimate from early this year put the renovation costs at $110,000 to $125,000.

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The 13,000-square-foot station will house model railroad exhibits and the group's railroad memorabilia collection.

County Planner Steve Goodrich said the look of the station will remain the same once renovations are completed.

"We're not changing anything. It's all going to look the same," group member Denise Troxell said. "It's a really neat plan."

Troxell said the museum will be open on weekends and by appointment during the week for visits by schoolchildren or Scout groups.

Christmas shows and a railroad safety program will be held there.

"It's going to be really fun," she said.

Goodrich said eight parking spaces will be adjacent to the museum. A restroom is to be constructed as a separate building to keep the original look of the station.

The property will be enclosed by a fence.

Sharpsburg Elementary School officials have said the museum may use the school lot for parking for events that are expected to draw crowds, Troxell said. Visitors would then be shuttled to the museum, she said.

The former station is owned by the Town of Sharpsburg, which has entered into a long-term lease with the group, Goodrich said.

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