The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 30, 2013

Turbotville train station on track for restoration

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— TURBOTVILLE — Construction is back on track for a historic train station damaged more than a year ago in a violent thunderstorm.

The Turbotville train station project has a new contractor and construction to complete the project in time for the 2014 Turbotville carnival is well underway, said Michael Sechler, president of the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society. Work is in progress on the station’s freight dock and a back walkway and handicap ramp are being completed currently by contractor Tom Coates of Coates Construction, in Muncy.

Once that work is complete, work on the electrical systems can begin, which will include fixtures to allow for live entertainment to use the freight dock during the carnival - being run by the borough and other volunteers this year - and other community events, Sechler said.

“We are planning on using freight dock for live entertainment,” he said. “We want to have it so that they can just plug in and go.”

The train station collapsed during an August 2012 thunderstorm and the group tried to salvage as much of the original building as possible, Sechler said.

“We tried the salvage as much as we could,” he said. “From the age of the wood and the way the building collapsed we couldn’t (salvage the structure) but we saved the important architectural pieces.”

Those include the original window sashes, rolling freight doors and hardware and entry doors, Sechler said.

Now the society is hoping to raise the money necessary to finish the project in time for the carnival, Sechler said.

“We stretched our budget to the breaking point to try and get this done,” he said.

The Heritage Society is accepting any and all donations to help with the work, Sechler said.

The main goal at this point is to have the station set up and ready during the first week of June, in time for the Turbotville Community Carnival, Sechler said.

“We’re putting every penny that we have into it,” he said.

Donations can be made at the Turbotville National Bank, online at turbotville.org, or by mailing a check made out to “Turbotville Borough Heritage Society, Inc.” to Sechler at 135 Broadway Street, Turbotville.

All donations are tax deductible.