Athlone was a flag stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad, southeast of Hamilton in Fairfield Township on the line between Sections 23 and 29 at the present North Gilmore Road crossing, near the Hamilton-Fairfield Regional Airport. The railroad is now the Norfolk Southern. The origin of the name is unknown. It may have been chosen by a railroad employee or railroad construction worker with Irish roots. There is a town by that name on the River Shannon in north-central Ireland, and, according to P. W. Joyce's Irish Place Names, Ath means a ford or crossing and Lone, Luan or Luain was a man's name.