WERNERSVILLE TRAIN STATION RESTORATION PROJECT TIMELINE
The train station, and 0.077 acres of land surrounding the station is conveyed to the Heidelberg Heritage Society from Hoover Motor Co. for $1.00. Hoover Motors also donated two parking spaces, pedestrian easements and vehicular access through their property.
The deteriorated roof had allowed a great deal of rainwater to enter the building and there was significant damage evident to the walls, flooring, and interior fixtures. The first identified priority was to replace the slate roof.
A contract was awarded for $46,159 to replace the slate roof, sheathing, flashing, rafters, and bearings for rafters. This work was paid out of general funds of the Society.
SAFETY - PHASE I
This phase involved the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing material related to the furnace and heating system. Deteriorated flooring on the first floor of the building was replaced. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded a grant of $52,900 toward the costs associated with this phase in April 2004.
SERVICE - PHASE II
The improvements in this phase of the project included the installation of underground water, sewer and electric lines. An oil fired forced air heating system (with future provision for air conditioning) was installed along with duct work into floor registers. The registers are covered with period reproductions in black powder coated cast iron. One bathroom is now operational with hot and cold running water in the original sink. The station’s original water fountain has been cleaned and restored and is operational in the main lobby area.
This phase of the restoration has made a tremendous improvement in the long range stabilization of the building which can now be heated during the winter months to prevent damage from freezing temperatures, not to mention the comfort of volunteers who are there working on other projects.
This project was funded by a Transportation Enhancement Grant from PennDOT in the amount of $60,500. The construction contract was awarded to A. H. Moyer, Inc. of Myerstown, Pa. The contractor began work on April 5, 2010 and finished on June 11, 2010, just in time to have the improvements shown to the public during the Taste of Wernersville open house when about 350 people visited the station.
OCCUPANCY – PHASE III
The Society applied to PennDOT and received approval for our third Transportation Enhancement Grant in March of 2011. Included in this project will be: new side walks and curbs with a handicap ramp access; re-pointing of much of the exterior stone walls; new electrical wiring with emergency lighting; insulation above the first floor ceiling; new plaster walls and ceilings; and the replacement of all missing wood work and trim. Bids on this work were opened on 7-16-12 and Associated Construction was awarded the contract. Demolition work began on October 22, 2012 and the "substantial completion" date is January 20, 2013 . This $224,896 project should finish the restoration to a point that the building can be opened to the public by the spring of 2013. The photos below show the progress of the current proj
ADDITIONAL REHABILITATION PROJECTS
1. Spring Valley Millwork constructed and donated four window units for the main waiting room. These units were given a prime coat of paint by member Harry Beltz in preparation for installation. The installation of the windows was done by another Society member, Max Ruth, in August 2009.
2. Funds were donated in the memory of Donald Moyer, a long time member who was instrumental in the initiation of the station project and served as chairman of the station restoration committee from 2003 until his death on March 12, 2008. These funds were used to purchase a custom made door unit from Spring Valley Millwork at a cost of $7,100. This unit (consisting of the main door and frame, right and left side light panels, and a transom) replaced the parking lot entry door which was beyond rehabilitation. The door installation was completed during the first week of October 2009.
3. Volunteer members, Harry Beltz and Richard Schuster, have been working on rehabilitating the first floor and attic windows and the track side door and baggage door. At this point seven of the units are completed and five windows await restoration.
4. An alarm system has been installed at the station which monitors intrusion, fire, low temperature, and water in the basement.
5. Another exciting improvement is the successful removal of much of rust stains from the exterior stone walls under two of the iron roof supports. This has been another labor intensive project undertaken by Harry Beltz. So far the stains to the immediate right and left of the front door have been significantly lightened.
6. The exterior iron work which supported an overhang that extended to the curb has been cleaned of rust and given coats of primer and black finish paint. This work was done by volunteer member Robert Linaweaver.
DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
The Society always appreciates the donations of items related to our local history to be archived for preservation and display to the community.
Once the train station project is completed, the intent is to house artifacts of the railroad and its significance in the development of Wernersville and the surrounding area.
Any items – old tickets, train schedules, photos, or any item related to the railroad would be most welcomed for inclusion in the planned display at the station. Items related to the Reading or the Philadelphia and Reading railroad would be of special interest.
Your memories of the station – the appearance of the interior, trips you took from our station or other antidotes would also be appreciated. We would be especially interested in hearing from anyone who might have worked at the station in any capacity.