Station Number: 170
Code Number: 0288
Telegraph Callsign: CS
I’m not sure when the first station was built at Campbell, but McChord (1979)
reports that the second depot was built in 1903. That depot was probably built to the 1892 standard and is,
therefore, most likely the one shown in the photo below. Campbell had an agency station and
telegraph office, but the telegraph office was closed in 1931 and the agency in 1932. The depot, coal house,
and stock pen were all retired in December of 1933. At the same time, the shelter shed from Garnett
was moved to Campbell. The 1937 Side Track Record showed a 2763' passing track
(track number 896) and a 378' commercial loading track (track 897) as well as the shelter shed.
In August of 1947 a watchman’s shanty was built at each end of the passing track. In December of 1956, the
C&O discontinued handling LCL freight at Campbell and limited shipments to carload freight only. As of 1963,
Campbell still had the passing siding and the passenger shed, but the loading track had been retired in place.
The passing siding was retired in April of 1978 and both sidings were removed then.
I acquired this photo of the Campbell depot in an eBay auction in the summer of 2011.
The original had faded and acquired something of a yellowish tone, so I tinkered with it a bit using
Paintshop Pro. This is the only photo I’ve ever seen of the Campbell depot and it’s only the
second example — the other is Louisa’s depot — of the C&O’s
1892 standard station that I know of on the Piedmont Sub. (Date and photographer unknown. In the collection of Larry Z. Daily).
The Valuation maps show a freight warehouse across the tracks and the road from the depot location.
This foundation is just about in the right place to be the foundation for that warehouse. (2013 photo).
This is the bridge over Mechunk creek. It’s similar in
design to the other bridges I’ve seen along the Piedmont Sub and is
located just west of the old station location. It’s a single track
through plate girder bridge of two spans (for a total length of 88') and was
built in 1897. (1998 photo)
The U.S.G.S. maps show an abandoned grade just north (timetable east) of Campbell. The Valuation
maps suggest that the change was made in 1946; very likely they were part of the realignments done in preparation
for the Chessie. The top photo shows an old brick culvert on the old alignment. Gary Smith sent the bottom
photo of another culvert on the old alignment. (Top: 2013 photo. Bottom: 2005 photo by Gary Smith. Used with permission).
This map was prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side
Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and
C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.
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