Train depot still stands in Wallace

Reported by Bob Townsend - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WALLACE, NC (WECT) - You've heard the saying, you're never too old to be a kid, especially when model trains are involved.

In Wallace, freight and passenger trains used to come thru on a daily basis. While the tracks are long gone, the train depot is still standing.

Thomas Edgerton was born in the community and grew up playing with trains. After years away, he came back to Wallace for his retirement.

Mixed in with playing golf, he focused his attention on buying the old train depot, which was in horrible condition. It took three years for him to convince the owner to sell it to him, and then in turn, he sold it to the Town of Wallace, for a grand sum of one dollar.

With $600,000 in grants and a $500,000 in private donations, Edgerton and a team of volunteers went to work. This is what the depot looks like now.

The new Wallace depot now serves many different roles. In what used to be a waiting room, a large model train exhibit is in operation. The trains themselves belong to another Depot volunteer, John Iacovino.

The model train room is open Friday afternoons from 3:00 - 5:00.

The Wallace Chamber of Commerce is now housed in the depot, and the Long Leaf Arts and Crafts Guild is open in one of the old freight rooms three days a week, and during the season, a farmer's market is held on the freight platform.

The depot remains open thanks to the vision of many, who recognized this old building as something valuable to save, and refused to let mother nature tear it down.

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