Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.
C&O Milepost 102.7
Station Number: 103
Code Number: 0154
Tel. Calls: HA
Hanover is the seat of Hanover County. Unlike Louisa, there was never a village at Hanover Courthouse until the railroad built a station about 1 mile to the southwest. There was some building near the depot; at one time there were a couple of stores and a bar nearby. Right after completion of the Louisa Railroad’s extension to Richmond, Hanover was the only depot between Hanover Junction (now Doswell) and Richmond. On May 27, 1862, Confederate troops attempting to stop the Union army from cutting the railroad were defeated near here. The following year, on May 4, Federal raiders under General Stoneman burned the Hanover depot and several railroad cars, all full of Confederate army supplies.
The 1937 Side Track Record listed 3 sidings in Hanover. The first was a 3339' passing siding (track 826) located across the main from the station. To the east of the station building was a 432' siding (track 828) for a stock pen and to the west was a 1281' house and commercial track (track 827). In September, 1947, the mainline between mileposts 99 and 103 was realigned and this changed the tracks at Hanover. The mainline moved to the south and the passing siding moved to the north (compare the 1937 and 1963 maps to see the change). This mainline realignment also led to the retirement of bridge 1021. Hanover still had an agent 1948, but the stock pen was retired in July of that year. In the 1950 Industrial Directory, the C&O listed a team track with a capacity of 8 cars. It served the Aylett Lumber Co. and the G. I. Luck coal yard. Hanover retained its agency until February 9, 1971. At that time, Hanover became a non-agency station for the handling of car-load freight only. The station and platform were retired in 1975 and tracks 826 and 827 in the l990’s.
|This is the C&O depot in Hanover in October of 1972. It was believed to have been demolished in 1974, but that turns out not to be the case (see below). (Photo by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. Used with permission.)|
|This is Hanover Station as it appeared in 2001. According to Jack Bruce a former member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors dismantled the depot and reconstructed it as his home. Jack writes, “I spoke with [him] this evening and he confirmed that with the exception of putting a basement under the freighthouse end of the station (because the lay of the land would accommodate such a feature) and the placement of a deck at the freighthouse door, the structure was largely reconstructed as he found it.” Thanks for the info, Jack. (November, 2001 photo).|
|This image was taken on September 25, 1977 at the Hanover station site. According to the Chessie Steam Special page, this photo shows one of the Chessie Steam Special trains. This train, with 2 Western Maryland F7’s on the head end, was a one-way trip from Newport News to Baltimore via Gordonsville. Other shots of this train can be seen on the Louisa and Mineral pages. (Photo by James C. Herold. From a slide in the collection of Larry Z. Daily)|
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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