TURBOTVILLE TRAIN STATION

The Turbotville Train Station has taken quite a journey in its 125 years of existence. Originally built in 1886 by the Wilkes-Barre & Western Railway Company, it was used for both freight and passenger service. When passenger service ended to Turbotville around 1937, the station continued to be used for freight for a short time after. In 1964, under the ownership of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, the station was donated to Harry L. Magee of Bloomsburg, PA, it was dismantled wall by wall and transported 25 miles to his new Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg, PA. The museum was in operation until Hurricane Agnes flooded it in June 1972. By October, four months later, Harry L. Magee died. The museum was closed and parted out, but the buildings remained on the property when it was sold. This station is one of only two examples left from the entire rail line from 1886.

On October 1, 2010, the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society purchased the station and in December 2011 it was dismantled and transported back to it's hometown of Turbotville, PA. There it will be put pack together at it's new location and used as a community center. For more information on the Turbotville Train Station please visit the Turbotville Boro Heritage Society website

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Photo was taken around 1908
Turbotville, PA
(image provided by William D. Rishel M.D.)


Photo was taken around 1910
Turbotville, PA
(image provided by Michael Sechler )


Photo is from October 1967
at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


Photo is from September 1971
at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(image provided by Fred Cupp)


Photo was taken in 2009
at the old Magee Transportation Museum property
Bloomsburg, PA
(photo by Andrew Hoke 12-09)


The Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
Postcard - published by CPTDC/Timberhaven, PA
(collection of Andrew Hoke)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
March 1967
(image provided by Rockhill Trolley Museum)


Sweeper #107 in front of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
March 1967
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo from August 1970 at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo from July 1968 at the Magee Transportation Museum in Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Inside of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Inside of the Station at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo is from June 1986
at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo is from June 1986
at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Photo is from September 1990
at the Magee Transportation Museum
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Joel Salomon)


Station at the Magee Transportation Museum in the late 1960's
Bloomsburg, PA
(Collection of Andrew Hoke)




Turbotville Train Station
Coloring Sheet
(click to open and download)





AFTER THE FLOOD OF 2011

Photos of the Turbotville Train Station after the flood of September 2011. The station thankfully survived the flooding water with only minor damage. The flooding that occurred in September 2011 put everyone involved with the preservation of the station on edge (it was scheduled to be dismantled later in the year and moved back to Turbotville) as more than 5 feet of water flooded the station.

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Some of the minor damage, only a few broken window panes.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


The side near the freight door was pushed out a little by the water.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


The freight doors were knocked off by the power of the water. One of which was found acros the street next to a local house.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


The freight doors were knocked off by the power of the water. One of which was found across the street next to a local house.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


View of the inside and the mud that was left.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


Cleaning up the mud inside the station
(image provided by Michael Sechler)




After the flood and the clean up the windows and doors were removed form the station to prevent any more damage to them before the station is moved back to Turbotville
(image provided by Michael Sechler)




THE MOVE BACK HOME

On the weekend of December 16 & 17, 2011 a small group of volunteers meet at the old Magee Transportation Museum property in Bloomsburg with the mission of dismantling the old Turbotville Station and moving it back to Turbotville.

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New foundation under construction.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


The new foundation for the station completed.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


Inside view of the station as it's being dismantled
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


Volunteers getting it ready to be dismantled.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


Time to start taking it apart. A large crane is on hand to assist.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)


All loaded up and ready for the trip back to Turbotville.
(image provided by Michael Sechler)






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