Turbotville Heritage Society Train Station Site:
The Turbotville Train Station in 1908
Turbotville, with a veiw of the train station, in 1908
A Quick Time Line:
The Turbotville Train Station was built in 1886 by the Wilkes Barre & Western Railway Company.
`1900 - "It wasn't until the great fire in Turbotville in August 1900 that nearly destroyed the town, that railroad owners decided to cash in on the idea of a Sunday excursion. Struggling financially and looking to make some quick cash, the railroad decided to add a run from Watsontown to Turbotville every hour on Sunday to carry spectators to see almost 1/3 of Turbotville in ruins from the day long fire." http://www.turbotville.org/trainstation.shtm
It was used for both freight and passenger service until sometime after 1937
In 1964 the station was donated to Harry Magee of Bloomsburg Pa, where it was put on display in the Magee Transportation Musuem.
The station remained on display in Bloomsburg until after Magee's death, when the museum was closed.
In 2010 the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society purchased the Train Station, and in 2011 dismantled it and returned it to Turbotville, Pa.
In August of 2012, a severe storm flattened the train station.
In 2014, the station was rebuilt, salvaging what original parts could be saved.
"Miller said the station formerly was located along tracks on the other side of the borough, but placing it in its original spot was not practical. Now, it will complement the borough's community grounds where tennis courts, a playground and a picnic area are." http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/566867/Train-station-returning-to-Turbotville.html?nav=5011
Pics taken in May 2014
This was completed in time for the Turbotville carnival, where it was used as the band stand in 2014
Back Of the building
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In The News:
POSTED 6:20 PM, MARCH 2, 2012, BY NIKKI KRIZE, UPDATED AT 02:00PM, MARCH 5, 2012
A piece of history is back in Northumberland County.
Volunteers in Turbotville are restoring the former Turbotville train station after almost five decades.
The Turbotville train station dates back to the 19th century, but in 1964 it was donated to a man in Bloomsburg and the station was moved.
Thanks to volunteers in Turbotville the historic train station is back in Northumberland County where it was built more than 125 years ago.
Volunteers spent the day Friday putting a roof on the building. The Turbotville train station was built in 1886.
The building was moved to Bloomsburg in the 1960s. The sesquicentennial committee in Turbotville raised money to buy back the train station.
“So that’s what we decided to do, bring it back and give it back to the community and put it here on the community grounds for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Sechler of the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society.
He added the train station is the original one from 1886 and will be touched up with a few coats of pain.
Volunteers moved the building in pieces from Bloomsburg to Turbotville in December. Over the last few weeks it was put back together.
There won’t be any trains coming in and out of the train station anymore. Instead, members of the group said they plan on building a freight dock on the front of the building to be used as a stage for community events.
“Give it back to the community. Let the community enjoy it and give it a sense of purpose rather than it just sitting there for people to look at,” Sechler added.
He said the project cost $15,000, but countless volunteers, like Wayne Weaver of Turbotville, have been helping out.
“I’m just very interested in trains for one thing. I’m anxious to see the station come back to Turbotville and look the way it used to look,” Weaver said.
Sechler added he expects the train station to be finished by spring
TURBOTVILLE — A historic train station was flattened over the weekend when strong storms rolled through Northumberland County.
It happened all as work to restore the building was nearly complete and the volunteers behind the project said they have come too far to stop now.
Michael Sechler is still sizing up the damage done to Turbotville’s train station after fierce winds knocked-down the place Saturday.
“I got here, and the train station’s flat, it’s just gone, I didn’t even recognize it, it was just a pile of splinters,” said Sechler.
This train station has certainly been through a lot over the years, it took two and a half years to get it home to Turbotville, then after a 25 mile trip from Bloomsburg area after the September flood, it survived that, but in one day the winds took the place down.
The station made its return trip in March and work was being done so that it could host events and concerts for the community.
Sechler was a driving force behind the project and is waiting for the insurance company to look over the more than 100-year-old building, or what is left of it, anyway.
“This has been volunteers, their time, this has been donations, this has been fundraisers, this has been normal people who wanted to see this project completed,” said Sechler.
Since the collapse, Sechler said all sorts of people have offered to help with donations of money or their time.
The hope is to salvage some original parts and build the station again.
“We’re not going to stop, we’re determined, it will be here in the near future, with community sticking together it will happen,” said volunteer Frank Cotner.