Cleveland Daily Banner article 6/27 — From trains to buses

Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS.  Tracy O’Connell, pictured above, Museum Center at Five Points Gift Store manager, tries out a bench in the lobby of the Southern Railway Depot. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning at 11 o’clock will mark the final transition of the restored building from passenger train depot to the main transfer point and offices for the Cleveland Urban Area Transit System.

Remodeled train depot ribbon cutting set

A feature story published June 25, 1975 in the Cleveland Daily Banner lamented the passing of passenger rail service in Cleveland which ended Aug. 11, 1970, when the Birmingham Special (Nos. 17 and 18) made their final runs.

“The Cleveland passenger depot still stands — inside, waiting benches are empty and ticket windows are permanently closed and outside, an old rubber wheeled baggage wagon sits idle on the well-worn brick platform.

“A visit to the Cleveland depot is a trip to the past. And, with a little imagination, you can cock your ear to the wind and hear faintly, ‘All aboarrrd!’”

Above are train-themed gifts now being sold at the museum.

Though the call of conductors has long been silent, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 11 a.m. will mark the transition from rail to bus service. Trains will soon be replaced with 40-passenger buses and rubber wheels replaced with steel belted tires. The depot will have an open house until 2 p.m. Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland encouraged all veterans who departed Cleveland from the train station or family members who watched them leave for the military, to attend the ceremony.

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