WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It has been a dream for eight years.
Now it’s finally becoming a reality. The Nicholson Heritage Association is overseeing the more than 1.2-million dollar restoration of the DL & W Freight Station.
Photojournalist Joseph Butash takes us to Wyoming County.
Marion Sweet of the Nicholson Heritage Association Chairman joined Photojournalist Joseph Butash to talk about the history and restoration of the DL &W Station in Nicholson, Wyoming County.
“All of us are very interested in history. And Nicholson, probably would not have been a town had it not been for the railroad. It was built in 1849. The railroad was actually where route 11 is now.it was the first one built on that railroad line” Marion Sweet explained.
“They have a spur that came down behind the freight station, and they unloaded passengers and stuff in there.
“First, we got an $826,000 grant from PennDOT The bids that came in all came in over a million dollars” Sweet explained.
“And we got the extra money, so right now it’s 1.2 million dollars. We (The Nicholson Heritage Association) have to still make more money” noted Sweet.
Even though we have this huge grant.
Sweet talked about the history of the station. “When they built the depot. 100 workers slept upstairs in that depot while they were building Route 11. It was a very busy place. And the town grew quite fast. And then the (Tunkhannock) Viaduct came along in 1912. It is still the largest steel reinforced concrete bridge”.
She explained the restoration plan. “The station will look like it does now. There’s no additions on the outside. We had to put a new deck on the back because that was all rotted off. It will be painted the same Brewster Green and red trim as that was what DL &W railroads were. It will be a tourism center”.
And hopefully, it will be a big attraction.
The Nicholson Heritage Association tells Eyewitness News they still need at least $30,000 for the restoration.
The hope is the project will be completed later this year.
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