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Train Station Completion In Sight

Since the idea of bringing the original train station back to Turbotville was thought of back in 2009, we have been through a roller coaster of highs and lows with this project, to say the least. Flood waters of almost 7 feet covered most of the station in September, 2011 due to Tropical Storm Lee before the station could even be moved out of Bloomsburg. February 14, 2012 saw the first panels of the original station start to go together. August 4, 2012 the train station is virtually flattened by a fierce storm that swept through the area producing blinding and driving horizontal rains, darkness in the middle of the afternoon, and 82+ mile per hour winds, one that came through the Turbotville area destroying the train station and uprooting trees, toppling small farm buildings in the area, and doing much more damage along its path. In less than 5 weeks since that storm, volunteers dismantled and salvaged the original entry and freight doors, window sashes, and transom windows so they could be installed in the new shell of the train station. New walls were prefabricated on site and were assembled in just a few days but then the building sat idle for over a year with no progress. By December 2013, a new contractor and electrician was on hand to finish the assembly and get power to the station. By Friday May 30, 2014 we finally were ready to use the station for the first Turbotville Area Community Carnival that would start on the next Monday. With the carnival over, we turned our attention back to completing the station and are in the process of making the final push to see the station finished in its entirety. Sanding, priming, painting, staining, installing hand rails, completion of the electrical system, coating the interior floor with linseed oil, and many other projects are going to be taking place to ensure the train station is a representation of how the train station has looked and the changes it has taken since it was built back in 1886. Anyone interested in volunteering time or materials can contact us. We are also looking for Turbotville related items to put on display in the station once it is completed. More information about that can be found below.

A Piece of Railroad History - Railway Express Freight Cart

In the fall of 2011, the heritage society received a generous donation of an original Railway Express freight cart from Scott Baylor of Brook Park Farm, Lewisburg, and his brother Gary Baylor of the Country Cupboard Restaurant, also in Lewisburg. Since that time, heritage society member Leon Hagenbuch has restored the freight cart to its former self. Having been stored outside for many years, the cart needed virtually all the wood parts replaced or refurbished and the metal pieces needed scraped and repainted. With good bones to work with, Leon restored the freight cart with recycled wood and period paint colors. The cart still retains most of its original parts including axles, wood-spoke wheels with steel bands, and the original counter-balanced tongue and pull handle.

When the Turbotville Train Station was built in 1886, freight shipments were handled at the station by a company called "Adams Express" but, after a few short years, another company called "Railway Express" took over. We are lucky that the cart still retains a porcelain sign denoting it is from Railway Express. Once the train station is completed, it will be placed on permanent display.

The cart was featured in the June 2012 Turbotville Fireman's Parade. Signs were attached to the cart thanking contractor Frank Cotner of Milton and crane operator Jim Styer of Turbotville for the many hours of work they put into dismantling, transporting, and reassembling the train station.

We would like thank Gary and Scott for their donation and Leon for his many hours of restoring this important piece of railroading history.

Do You Have Turbotville Items?

Although we are currently focused on the Turbotville Train Station, the goal of our organization is to preserve as much about the local history of Turbotville as we can. With this in mind, if you have items you would like to donate for display, please let us know? We will gladly accept any items relating to the history of Turbotville in order to start an archive of information for future generations. Items such as billheads, newspaper clippings, maps, calendars, photographs, business cards or other paper documents can all be scanned and/or copied for inclusion in our archives so that you may retain your originals, if you wish. Other items such as local business advertising items, signs, crates, or any other items that contain Turbotville information may be donated fully to the heritage society or offered on loan for display once the train station project has been completed. We have already started to receive train station items, railroad related photos, and items that will become part of the permanent display in the train station. So, look through those boxes in the attic, basement, or garage and see what treasures you can uncover. Allow us to share those items, no matter how large or how small, so everyone can take a glimpse into the past of our town. Please contact TBHS President Michael Sechler at msechler@turbotville.org or by phone at 570-649-5289 about what items you have to include in the TBHS archives?

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