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August 6, 2012

Storm wrecks Turbotville train station

TURBOTVILLE — A violent storm destroyed the borough’s 126-year-old train station on Saturday, wiping out more than two years of work by members of the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society and other volunteers.

“The train station just got blown to pieces,” said Michael Sechler, the society’s president.Sechler said the storm blew up about 3:30 p.m., and high winds apparently got under the station’s metal roof and caused the building’s front wall to collapse. He estimated damage at more than $30,000.

“The ticket booth is a big pile of splinters,” Sechler said.

Sechler said he was driving home from Milton when the storm started.

“The closer it got to Turbotville, the worse it got,” he said, adding that the station had been leveled by the time he arrived in the borough.

Volunteers had performed extensive work on the building, constructed in 1886 by the Wilkes-Barre and Western Railroad.

They had built a new foundation and installed new flooring.

The metal roof was completed in April. Sechler said the exterior needed to be painted and the interior needed a lot of work.

According to the society’s website, the building stood in Turbotville until 1964, when it was dismantled and moved to the Bloomsburg area to become part of the Magee Transportation Museum.

The museum was later ruined by the 1972 Agnes flood, but the train station survived and was moved back to Turbotville in December 2011.

The building took so much damage Saturday that it probably cannot be restored, Sechler said.

He said volunteers, including himself, often worked on the building.

“I’m just thankful nobody was inside of it,” Sechler added.

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