For sale: The New Augusta train station

Augusta Station

The little 1850s railroad town of New Augusta is nestled among suburban streets of Pike Township in northwest Indianapolis. If you don’t know it’s there, you might drive right by it with no idea. A rail line went in through here in about 1852, and a town formed around the stop that was built here. This station dates to about 1895.

New Augusta’s rail days are long since past, but the station remains — and is now for sale, along with a three-bedroom house next door. My wife and I are sorely, sorely, sorely tempted — we’d love to live in this charming enclave. Alas, we’re at least a year away from being ready to move. But if this property interests you, read more about it here.

New Augusta Train Station

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12 responses to “For sale: The New Augusta train station”

  1. Marcus Peddle Avatar
    Marcus Peddle

    If you like this little station, you might like the film The Station Agent starring Peter Dinklage. I’ve seen it twice.
    As an aside, I can’t seem to post comments unless I use my Facebook ID. I don’t have WordPress or Twitter accounts. Trying to post a comment using just my name, email address, and website brings me to a WordPress login page. Strange, as I was able to make comments this way in the past.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I thiiiiink I’ve seen that film, ages ago!

      I just tried commenting with email address and name in an incognito window and it worked for me. You might try clearing your cache? It is a pain in the neck when things like this stop working right.

      1. Marcus Peddle Avatar
        Marcus Peddle

        Let’s try Chrome instead of Firefox and clear the cache . . . . .

        Nope. It wants me to log in using WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          I tried Firefox here (I use Chrome most of the time) and still can’t make it happen. I’m not saying it’s not happening to you, only that if I can’t reproduce it I can’t fix it. :-(

          Do you still have a wordpress.com account? Could your login to it be messed up somehow?

  2. mike connealy Avatar

    Looks like a heavenly place for some model railway buffs’ headquarters. There is and old one in Belen, New Mexico that has been put to that use, though the nearby tracks are still in use.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That would be fun! If Margaret and I were to buy the place we’d want to make a guest house out of the train station. The house associated with this property is about 1500 SF, which would be okay if a little tight for Margaret and me and whatever kids we have home at the moment.

  3. Kaitlin Avatar

    You should buy this!! How fun it would be to live in a train station.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      My wife and I have talked about it seriously! Unfortunately our timing is poor. We might be ready to move in a year or so. If this is still there we will give it a look!

  4. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I was curious how busy those tracks are. Looks like it’s the old line to Lafayette, but it was abandoned north of Zionsville in the ’70s. So I assume you would just get the occasional local going up to Zionsville.

    The price seems quite reasonable, but obviously it is sort of a niche market.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There is some light industrial in the area and short trains run along these tracks to serve those plants. I used to live a mile or two east of the tracks and heard train whistles from time to time. I have even been stopped by a train on 71st St., right by this station, a time or two.

  5. Russ Ray Avatar

    As a railfan, if I could afford it AND convince my wife to move to that area of town, I would be all over it. Sadly, our kids our firmly entrenched in suburbia.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Pike schools are pretty good! I’d send my kids to ’em, if I still had kids of school age!

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