Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

February 9, 2014

Plan in works to restore N. Tazewell N&W Railway station

TAZEWELL, Va. — The town of Tazewell has established a committee to work to restore and re-purpose one of the iconic buildings in the community — the old Norfolk & Western Railway combination freight and passenger train station in North Tazewell.

“We think this is a very worthwhile project for the community,” Todd Day, Tazewell town manager said. “The building itself is in pretty good shape, and has a great deal of historical significance.”

Terry Mullins, a well-known regional historian and a member of the Tazewell town council has spearheaded the effort to preserve and re-purpose the old depot.

“It is really one of only two stations remaining on the Clinch Valley line between Bluefield and Norton,” he said. “Ours is in pretty good shape. I think that, with the support of the community, we’ll be able to preserve this building and make it something we can all be proud of.”

Mullins said that he has already contacted about 20 people who have agreed to work on the committee to make the restoration project a reality.

“I’ve been serving on council for three years now, and this project has been one that I’ve been thinking about since then,” Mullins said.

The town recently acquired the deed for the old station. Mullins said that the committee plans to meet in early March to start the process.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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