Save Historic Rail Station and Revitalize Our Town

 
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Jan 23, 2014

Public Meeting Reminder

January 23, 2014 Public Meeting Flyer
January 23, 2014 Public Meeting Flyer

Dear Friends,

Reminder that we hope to see you this week at our public meeting where the feasibility study on the historic Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station, funded in part by a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, in Nicholson will be unveiled and discussed!

Working with Facility Design & Development of Scranton, the study looks at rehabilitating the station into a visitor's center and gateway to the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway to promote tourism and attract visitors to the region, as well as a place for community events.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Details below and on attached flyer:

January 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Hall
Main & High Streets, Nicholson, PA 18446
Parking Across from Main Entrance to Church on High Street.

We look forward to seeing you then.  The snow storm is expected to be over by Thursday, keep your fingers crossed!

Visit www.nicholsonstation.org for latest updates.

 

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Jan 6, 2014

Happy New Year and Invite to Public Meeting!

Meeting Flyer
Meeting Flyer

Dear Friends,

We hope you were able to enjoy the Holidays!  We write to provide an update and invite you to our public meeting on January 23, 2014 to unveil and discuss the historic structure feasibility study of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s (DL&W) Station in Nicholson.

This study, funded mainly in part with a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) grant through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR), assessed the current physical condition of the station, as well as conducted a market analysis and possible options for future.  Facility Design & Development of Scranton and The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, also of Scranton, worked on the study together with us.

Details about meeting are:  January 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the St. Patrick's Church Hall, Main & High Streets in Nicholson, PA  18446.  Light refreshments will be provided and parking available on High Street across from the main entrance of the Church.  Photo showing location available at www.nicholsonstation.org.

Quick background on how we got here:  the station was originally built by one of the DL&W’s predecessors, the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, in 1849.  With the completion of the Clarks Summit-Hallstead Cut-off in 1915, passenger service began from the then new brick and concrete station next to the then just completed Tunkhannock Viaduct, also known as the Nicholson Bridge.  After 1915, the original 1849 station handled only freight, even following the DL&W merger with the Erie Railroad (becoming the Erie Lackawanna Railroad or EL) in 1960.  Due to financial hardship, the EL permanently closed the station in 1971.  The station was sold in 1983 to a local business and in private use until we purchased the station in June 2012 with donations from individuals, businesses, and a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant.

The feasibility study is the next step towards rehabilitating the station and encouraging regional economic development.  Donations still needed.  Please spread the word.  Thank you for your continued support.

Look forward to seeing you on January 23.  Any questions, please let us know on josh@nicholsonheritage.org.

The Nicholson Heritage Association

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Nov 4, 2013

Almost there!

DL&W Station - North End - August 2013
DL&W Station - North End - August 2013

Friends and Supporters:

Happy Fall!  The feasibility study is almost complete.  We should have a final report within the next several weeks.  We are excited to see the results to allow us to move forward with actual renovations.  A feasibility study is required in order to apply for state and federal funding.  Additionally, the completed study, thanks to a PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources grant through the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, will provide us with more detailed information about the station's condition, in order to give us a better understanding of how much work and funds are needed to complete the overall project.

Donations are still needed in order to cover the required match of state and federal funding, which varies by program.  Please spread the word of our work and efforts to rehabilitate the historic Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station into a community and visitor's center and a gateway to the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway.  Let's bring this 1849 treasure back to the former glory it once was.

Thank you for your support!

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Jul 5, 2013

One Step Closer!

Friends and Supporters:

We are one step closer to getting the feasibility study underway for the railroad station. We just issued the Request for Proposals for the historic structure feasibility study and are looking forward to submissions that are this week.  A feasibility study is required in order to apply for state and federal funding.  Additionally, the completed study will provide us with more detailed information about the station's condition, in order to give us a better understanding of how much work and funds are needed to complete the overall project.

In the meantime, we've cleaned out the interior of the station and around the exterior.  It looks so much better!  Check out the attached photo of the new sign we also placed on the each end of the station.

Donations still needed in order to cover the required match of state and federal funding, which varies by program.  We hope you'll spread the work of our work and efforts to rehabilitate the historic 1849 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad station into a community and visitors center and a gateway to the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway.

Thank you for your continued help and support!

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Mar 27, 2013

Feasibility Study/Historic Structure Report Update

With Spring upon us, at least by the calendar, we have Spring Fever to move ahead with our railroad station project. We are one step closer than our previous update from December. We are working with our partners to get the feasibility study underway for the station. A feasibility study is needed in order to apply for state and federal funding and will provide us with more specific details about the condition of the station.  This will give us a better understanding of how much work, and funds, will be needed to complete the project.

While we'll work with our partners and apply for state and federal funding in the future to rehabilitate the historic building into a community/visitors center and a gateway to the Viaduct Valley Way Scenic Byway, donations will still be needed. State and federal funding, which is more limited than in previous years, still requires a match, either in cash or in-kind donations (depends on program), and these donations will help to leverage state and federal funding as the required match.

We continue to have an open dialogue with our stakeholders and will continue to work hard to bring this historic railroad station back to life and the center of the community. We hope you'll spread the word of our project.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Nicholson, PA United States

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