Hamilton station (Ohio)

Coordinates: 39°23′39″N 84°33′33″W / 39.3943°N 84.5591°W / 39.3943; -84.5591
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Hamilton, OH
Hamilton station in March 1993
General information
Location432 South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Hamilton, Ohio
United States
Coordinates39°23′39″N 84°33′33″W / 39.3943°N 84.5591°W / 39.3943; -84.5591
Owned byCSX Transportation
Line(s)CSX Indianapolis Subdivision, Toledo Subdivision, and Cincinnati Terminal Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
Other information
Station codeHMN
OpenedAugust 1980[1]
ClosedOctober 31, 2005[2] (Amtrak service)
Former passenger services
Preceding station Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Cardinal Cincinnati
toward New York
until 1986
toward Chicago
Cincinnati (River Road)
until 1991
toward New York
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Oxford Springfield – Hamilton Terminus
Winton Place
toward Cincinnati
Toledo Division Middletown
toward Detroit

Hamilton station is a former railroad station in Hamilton, Ohio. Originally constructed by the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad, which was later acquired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), it was served by the B&O until 1971. Hamilton was then served by the Amtrak Cardinal from 1980 to 2005.


Hamilton station was originally constructed by the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad, which was acquired by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1917. It was served by trains on the Cincinnati–Detroit Toledo Division, including Cincinnatian and the Night Express, as well as the Cincinnati–Indianapolis line.[3] The Cincinnatian was the final train to serve Hamilton; it was discontinued on May 1, 1971, when Amtrak took over intercity passenger service.[4][5]

The station was a stop for Amtrak's Cardinal from August 3, 1980, until October 31, 2005.[6] It was not a heavily patronized stop in later years, and only had a waiting room. Ticketing and baggage service were not available at this location. Poor station conditions, low ridership, and inconvenient arrival/departure times caused Amtrak to convert Hamilton to a flag stop in November 2004 and discontinue the stop altogether a year later.[7][8]

In 2020, the city of Hamilton was trying to develop a plan to prevent a planned demolition of the station by its owner CSX as part of a track modernization plan. The city is considering purchasing the building and moving it several blocks to Third Street and Sycamore Street. After restoration, they hope to utilize the building as a transportation hub, museum, restaurant, or a farmers' market.[9] In early 2023, the station was successfully relocated from its original location to a new spot nearby.[citation needed] The city of Hamilton plans to restore the building for eventual development in the future.[citation needed]

In 2021, City officials called for Hamilton to be added as a stop for proposed Cincinnati–Chicago passenger trains.[10] By 2022, the city was studying the feasibility of building a new stop for the Cardinal northwest of the old station on the CSX tracks in Symmes Park.[11]


  1. ^ "Amtrak Beginning New Service for Southwest Ohio Passengers". The News-Journal. Mansfield, Ohio. August 9, 1980. p. 13. Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  2. ^ Bernard, Lisa A. (October 31, 2005). "Amtrak Makes Last Stop To-". The Journal News. Hamilton, Ohio. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. Free access icon
  3. ^ "Baltimore and Ohio, Table 11". Official Guide of the Railways. 98 (2). National Railway Publication Company. July 1965.
  4. ^ Edmonson, Harold A. (1972). Journey to Amtrak. Kalmbach Publishing. pp. 102–104. ISBN 978-0890240236.
  5. ^ "Passenger trains operating on the eve of Amtrak" (PDF). Trains. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-02-24.
  6. ^ Warner, David C.; Goldberg, Bruce (2021). Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains: A Comprehensive Survey of Amtrak Routes: 1971–2021. Bucklin, Missouri: White River Productions. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-932804-70-6.
  7. ^ Dumond, Chris (September 9, 2004). "Low ridership figures prompt Amtrak to cut back on service to Hamilton, Ohio". Journal-News. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "AMTRAK BLASTS HAMILTON STATION". The Cincinnati Post. February 21, 2005. Archived from the original on April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Ryle, Jake (Feb 27, 2020). "Hamilton city leaders push back against plans to demolish historic train station". wcpo.com.
  10. ^ Rutledge, Mike (February 20, 2021). "Hamilton, Oxford may have good shots at Cincinnati-to-Chicago Amtrak stations". Journal-News.
  11. ^ Rutledge, Mike (January 28, 2022). "Hamilton planning new Amtrak stations, including possibly near the relocated CSX depot". Journal-News. Retrieved 30 January 2022.

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