Hamilton Train Station – 6/19/22

If you know me at all, you know I love abandoned buildings, trains and a whole host of other things. This drone flight gave me an opportunity to combine a couple of those things into one!

I’m not sure of the age of the Hamilton Train Station, but it’s been around for a long time and unfortunately has fallen into disrepair. This is particularly unfortunate because at last check, Amtrack still does passenger service in the city. The passengers have to stand out on the sidewalk in the middle of the night to meet the train.

The building came under scrutiny recently because of it’s proximity to the active tracks (It was a train station of course!). CSX needs to run larger loads up the tracks and can’t because of clearance to the building. There was discussion of tearing it down. Fortunately there was sufficient outcry that the city considered it and I believe has decided to move the station and restore it. In any case, work has actively started at the location and I decided I wanted to capture some video of it in it’s current condition and position.

Flying the Hamilton Train Station – June 19, 2022

It’s a beautiful old building. I’m hopeful it can be successfully preserved.

I’m trying to stay on top of what’s happening to the station, so here’s some links I’ve collected. I’ll update this if I find more:

Biking on the GMR Trail

It was a beautiful day today so I decided a bike outing was in order. Today’s route was to check out the section of trail I hadn’t ridden yet between Hamilton and Rentschler forest. Much of it runs on the tow path for the Miami Erie Canal and the remains of the canal are visible most of the way.

Orienteering at Timberhill and Forest Run

OCIN put together another fantastic event at Butler County’s Timberhill and Forest Run Metroparks! We picked the red route which was about 3.5 miles straight line distance from point to point for 20 controls. Unfortunately for us, the widely varied terrain and the elevation changes kicked our asses! It certainly wasn’t straight line for us. We cried “Uncle” at about 5 miles after hitting control 14. We probably could have toughed it out, but we’d been at it long enough that we were worried about them picking up the control points.