We’ve Been Working On The Railroad
The L&N Railroad – That Is
For over 5 years, efforts to restore the Local L&N Railroad Station in Scottsville, Kentucky, have been slow but steady. Our local “Locomotive Fireman”, Dr. Mark Huntsman, Retired Dentist, Rotarian, and Treasurer of the Allen County Historical Society has tirelessly pursued funding for restoring the L&N Railroad Station and creating a Railroad Museum.
That work is now coming to fruition. A $200,000 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Grant, matched with $50,000 local funds the two story passenger portion will be rebuilt.
Recently, The Scottsville Rotary Club, received a $10,000 Rotary District 6710 grant to begin work on the Freight section of the RR Station. Scottsville Rotary and the Allen County Historical Society have partnered on this grant which will make it possible to use the Freight section for Artisan booths, a partial museum and possible a meeting place for small groups.
Dr. Mark Huntsman and Richard Wheaton, both Rotary members and Rotarians will jointly manage the project which will be to level and stabilize the floor. It includes painting and building a new ADA approved handicapped deck and ramp on the East end of the station.
However, help is needed. $10,000 will not be enough to complete the project. Local contributions have already begin to emerge. Rotary and the Historical Society each are contributing $1,000 and at least $2,000 has been promised, for a total match of $4,000.
Without a final cost estimate, we are soliciting contributions that will allow an ongoing effort to “Bring Back” the L&N Railroad Station to its former significance in Scottsville and Allen County. Contributions made to the Scottsville L&N Railroad Project will be tax deductible as they will go through the Allen County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 organization. Checks should be made to the Allen County Historical Society, PO Box 393, Scottsville, KY 42164 or by PayPal on Website: http://www.scottsvilletraindepot.com/ (Click the “Giving” link).
A vision for the Railroad Station is that it will become an Artisan Center, a RR Museum, and Community Center for residents, visitors and everyone who likes Railroading history. Further, the development in Scottsville’s East end will bring economic value to this end of town.
Come watch us “Work on the RR” which we hope to begin in early November and follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/scottsvilletraindepot