BRAMWELL DEPOT RESTORATION
Interpretive Center of Coal Heritage Trail, A National Historic
The Nick J. Rahall Interpretive Center serves as the Gateway to the southern end of the Coal Heritage Trail. The center houses a museum with coal mining memorabilia and interpretive displays providing a history lesson on coal mining and life in the coal fields. The Depot is open daily. For more information on Bramwell or the Train Depot call 1-866-858-5959.
ANOTHER PRESENT DAY BRAMWELL DEPOT
The Historic Bramwell Train Depot opened for business in Nov.
NEW BRAMWELL DEPOT -CHRISTMAS 2002 - 28 Dec. 02
ANOTHER VIEW OF NEW BRAMWELL DEPOT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - 5 JUL 01
ANOTHER VIEW OF NEW BRAMWELL DEPOT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - 11 OCT. 01
The Historic Bramwell Depot construction project is a part of the Heritage Park that was developed in Bramwell, WV. The depot is officially known as the Southern Interpretive Center of the Coal Heritage Trail, a National Historic Byway. The original train station was demolished in the 1950s. It was rebuilt by a federal government grant. Groundbreaking for rebuilding the depot was held on August 2,1996. the Depot now houses interpretive exibits that offer insight into the rich heritage of the Poachontas Coalfields. Depot serves as a welcome center for tourist visiting the Home of the Bramwell Millionaires. It was completed in 2003 and is now open seven days a week.
The late BRAMWELL MAYOR, KENNY BEARD was chairman of the Coal Heritage Trail Association project that was establishment in 1995. The late mayor said "the new station will be so authentic that it will look like an extremely well-maintained orignal."
The Federal Highway Administration has designated State Route 16 from Beckley (named for pioneer settler Alfred Beckley) to Welch (named for surveyor Captain I.A. Welch), and U.S. Route 52 from Welch to Bluefield (named by Hattie Hannah and Elizabeth Davidson for the abundant Mountain Chicory) as the Coal Heritage Trail.
Bramwell, a Mercer County point on the train was named for J. H. Bramwell, an engineer from Staunton, Va., who accompanied Welch on his 1873 survey of the Pocahontas Coalfields. Bramwell later worked as general manager of the Crozier Coal and Coke Company.
BRAMWELL'S HISTORIC RT. 52 BRIDGE
TENNESSEE VALLEY RAILROAD
POTOMAC EAGLE SCENIC RAILROAD - ROMNEY, WV
VIEW OF THE LAST TRAIN TO BRAMWELL