Johnstown's Train History
An 1875 map says a proposed railroad line through Johnstown was to be known as the Atlantic & Lake Erie, but, the company over extended their efforts, withdrew construction, and later declared bankruptcy.
In the late 1870’s another railroad resumed building the line through Johnstown and would be used for carrying coal.
On July 4, 1880 the Toledo & Ohio Central (T. and O.C.) train passed through Johnstown and was the first train to do so. Four trains would travel through Johnstown each day: 2 northbound, 2 southbound. The trains were primarily used to carry freight but they also had a few passenger cars. The 1st railroad agent was M. W. Fisher; the 2nd was Ed Harding.
In the 1920’s the New York Central (NYC), ran south from Thurston [with connections to the Ohio River] and north to Galion [with connections to Lake Erie] and elsewhere. The engine became a diesel one in 1949.
April 27, 1935 was the day that the last passenger service traveled through the Johnstown Depot. However, the railroad continued to use the Johnstown tracks primarily for freight and coal until it was abandoned in 1972. In February 1976 the railroad was legally abandoned and in 1977 the clearing of ties and rails began.
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