The station at Prince , West Virginia was the only one of its kind to be constructed to serve the Chessie, and the second-to-last station to ever be constructed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
On March 17, 1975, Amtrak assumed control of the station , however, it was closed on a Thursday night in October of 1981. The Cardinal passenger line had been discontinued, and for the first time in 101-years, Prince was without passenger service. A large uprising of support throughout the nation, however, caused the Cardinal to be reinstated three days a week.
On June 30, 1996, members of the George Washington Chapter of the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society hosted an event at the Prince depot in remembrance and celebration of the 50 years of the Prince depot (11). The station still services the Cardinal line for Amtrak three days a week. Although the station itself is still active, it is not being adequately repaired, according to Fayette County Commissioners.
In 2007, it was announced that David Gay, a Beckley pharmacist and rail activist, spearheaded a project to obtain funding to restore the depot to its former glory. Federal, state and county officials began discussing various methods to obtain funding for restoration, with the consensus revolving around convincing CSX to sell or donate the property to Amtrak. The depot is considered a liability to CSX and the corporation is “anxious” to “rid itself” of the landmark due to that; in addition, CSX no longer operates a passenger rail business. They are, however, mandated by federal law to keep it open for Amtrak’s Cardinal line.
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