They’ll be working on the railroad — not all the live-long day, but for three days in a row.
On Sept. 19-21, Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society volunteers will be toiling on the platform of the old train station, home to their headquarters and the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce.
Their goal will be to extend the platform by about 30 feet while matching the existing appearance.
Borough workers are handling a portion of the project. After their scheduled Sept. 15 finish, BHRS volunteers will have concrete delivered to pour into curb forms set by the borough. Bricks will come next.
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Plans include fixing the most severe drainage problems around the station by excavating when necessary, installing drainage pipe and re-laying 150 to 250 square feet of brick.
According to BHRS President Dan Durachko, the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad, which owns the tracks and operates freight trains, will coordinate with the society to ensure the safety of volunteers working next to the tracks.
Durachko is asking any volunteers to wear “decent work clothing” and bring hand, eye and ear protection. Check the BHRS website at www.bellefontetrain.org for work times and other updates.
In the meantime, tickets for the 2014 Fall Foliage and Halloween Express excursions Oct. 17-19 are now on sale. Visit the BHRS “ticket window” at its site to purchase seats.
Library, branches set closures
Bookworms and genealogical researchers, take note.
The Centre County Library and Historical Museum, including the Holt Memorial Library in Philipsburg and the Centre Hall Area Library branches, will be closed for staff training on Aug. 28. Normal operations will resume the next day.
Then, Sept. 1-5, the historic Miles-Hume house at 203 N. Allegheny St. won’t open because of ongoing repairs. The 1814 home contains the Centre County Library Historical Museum, including the Sieg Industrial Room, a tribute to Bellefonte’s industrial heritage.
The house also has The Pennsylvania Room, a popular repository of local and state genealogical information.
Visit www.centrecountylibrary.org for updates or contact the library at 355-1516.
“We apologize for any inconvenience,” wrote the library staff on its website, “and thank you for your patience.”