The train house is nearest 3rd Street off of Pittsylvania Avenue, in the small incorporated town of Altavista, Campbell County, Virginia.
Along a gravel walking trail, an extension from English Park, there is nestled in the trees a forgotten, dilapidated structure. Several rooms, all missing windows and walls that have been busted away for unknown reasons.
Graffiti from locals slowly take over the walls. It looks like it may have been a home at one point as there are measuring lines along an interior doorway. The years go from 1997 through 2001. However, this could be vandalism as well. There is no telling how long this building has been decaying.
The metal sheet roofing has been peeled back at spots. Brick like sheets make up the exterior walls. At the busted open areas you can see the hollow interior. Bits of roof are gone throughout. No parts on the ground, just gone. Organ pipe mud dauber nests, popular for the central Virginia area, cover various parts of walls inside and out.
Due to the very overgrown and completely entangled backside, finding an entrance to a possible basement was out of the question. There was no access to it from the interior.
The floor is covered in brown rotting leaves. Inside, the walls are dirty. Everything in fact is dirty. Recent rain has made the large and flowing Roanoke River muddy, murky and brown. Fast growing ivy slowly takes over the ground and begins going up the walls. Small trees sprout closer and closer to the outside of the building.
Altavista became a town in 1912. This was due in part to the growing railroad connection that was happening there. No doubt this house or building has some sort of former ties with the local railroad.
Where is this broken and busted abandoned building located? You can find it with these coordinates. 37.109357, -79.303559.
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