Historic Hendersonville Train Depot

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The Historic Hendersonville Railroad Station was built in 1902 after the first structure of 1879 became too small to handle the ever-increasing number of train passengers.

However, the new railroad station also was soon not large enough and was finally extended by 50 feet to 75 feet in 1916, tripling its size.

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With the end of passenger service in 1968, the railroad station became obsolete.

Before Norfolk Southern Railroad re-routed the traffic further south in 2002, freight trains were passing this station 6 to 7 times a day.

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Through lack of maintenance over the years, the condition of the railroad station had deteriorated considerably.

However, in 1992 the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club was given the permission to move into the railroad station.

With the help of the City and a lot of work by its club members the building was completely restored and painted in its original colors.

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Today, the railroad station houses an impressive prototypical model railroad with over 2,000 feet of tracks and more than 200 turnouts and switches that runs through three continuous rooms, the length of the depot.

Each train is run individually by a member, following the same rules for stopping and proceeding as real trains do, using their lights, whistles and bells.

Large Scale Model Railroad with Impressive Detail

Whether you are train enthusiast or are just fascinated by trains the impressive model train layout is truly something to take in.

The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club has created an H0-model railroad capturing in great detail the flavor of Western North Carolina’s landscape. Over the years, the Club has built a highly detailed prototypical model that includes Hendersonville, Saluda and Asheville with its train yards and the natural settings that surround them.

Complete with mountains, wooden bridges, steep inclines, tunnels and even an engine facility with turntable, a large variety of locomotives and rolling stock are carefully and skillfully operated by the club’s members. Sometimes you can also see a member run a train from his own private collection.

Make sure you take the time to appreciate the meticulous details that the club members have put in as they constructed these models.

There is even a camera connected to a train allowing visitors to experience the view from the train’s perspective on a TV-screen as it travels along the scenic track.

Youngsters can also run a Thomas the Train model on their own.

The Southern Railway Caboose outside of the station has a few exhibits of historical artifacts and videos about the local railroad.

The History of the Railroad Station

The Historic Hendersonville Railroad Station was built in 1902 after the first structure of 1879 became too small to handle the ever-increasing number of passengers. However, the new railroad station also was soon not large enough and was finally extended by 50 feet to 75 feet in 1916.

With the end of passenger service in 1968, the railroad station became obsolete. Before Norfolk Southern Railroad re-routed the traffic further south in 2002, freight trains were passing this station 6 to 7 times a day.

Through lack of maintenance over the years, the condition of the railroad station had deteriorated considerably. However, in 1992 the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club was given the permission to move into the railroad station.

With the help of the City and a lot of work by its club members the building was completely restored and painted in its original colors. In 2000, the North Carolina Historical Society registered the railroad station as a Historical Landmark in Henderson County, which it truly is.

Ideal for rainy or wintery days.

A model railroad is a fascinating attraction for everybody.

The museum is accessible with a stroller.

The museum is accessible by wheelchair.

Restrooms are available at the museum.