CUBA STATION MAY HAVE A NEW HOME
By DANIEL LEBLANC
Olean Times Herald
CUBA - A historic railroad station in Cuba was saved and may have
found a new home due to combined efforts of the Cuba Friends of
Architecture, volunteers and members of the business community.
The train station behind the former Rinker Exxon store along Route
446 was slated for demolition unless someone could step forward to
move the building, said Lee James, president of the Cuba Chamber of
"We were able to come to a compromise where we took the building
down, moved it and gave it to the Cuba Friends of Architecture," Ms.
Lee James said.
Bill Bradley, vice president of Rinker Oil, said the train building
and a service station were slated for demolition to make room for a
new Arrowmart convenience store on the property.
Instead of demolishing the train building, Rinker Oil offered to
donate the building and $5,000 that would have been used for
demolition to the Cuba Friends of Architecture, Mr. Bradley said.
"There are so few of those buildings around anymore," he said. The
railroad building was being used by Rinker Oil for storage.
The building was on the Genesee Valley Canal Railroad, which
operated from abouy 1880 to 1990. The line opened in 1882 and ran
from Rochester to Hinsdale. The railroad line connected to the
Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia Railroad in Hinsdale. The rail
line was later leased by several railroad companies.
The building was likely constructed in the early 1880s, said
Cuba Friends of Architecture member Michael Doyle.
Most of the building has been taken down and put into storage."We
worked on the building over several days," he said.
The Friends of Architecture hired some Amish workers to aid in
taking the building apart, while volunteer also helped. The
dimensions of the building are 20 feet by 60 feet. Local trucking
companies also helped move the pieces of the building from the site
and into storage.
The building will likely be reconstructed near the historic block
barns owned by Empire City Farms. The building would be rebuilt in
the spring at the earliest, Mr. Doyle said.
The block barn site is "an ideal, historic site and probably the
best destination," Mr. Doyle said. Some train tracks run near the
block barn as well.
The Friends of Architecture's goal is to have the building ready for
use at the annual Cuba Garlic Festival held at the block barns.
Thanks to For
I would like to thank all those who
worked to help save the historic Genesee Valley Canal Railroad
(Pennsylvania Railroad) freight station that was located behind the Rinker
Exxon/Mobile station on Route 305 in Cuba. The RR building was
originally constructed in late1882 or early 1883, 125 years ago.
Bill Bradley, of Rinker Oil, needed the old depot removed to
complete an extensive expansion project at the new station complex.
He had explored the options of moving or demolishing the depot. Both
choices presented problems or negative effects. A representative
from the Cuba Friends of Architecture (CFA), asked if Bill would
consider a third option. Together the two men agreed to the
dismantling of the building, to be rebuilt on another location.
If the old depot was to be saved, it
had to happen quickly to prevent construction delays. Mr. Bradley, a
forward looking businessman, agreed to fund the dismantling of the
building. The CFA was able to then hire a team of Amish workmen
under the leadership of Lewis Yoder to assist in the project. Paul
Switalski served as the project manager. Trucking of the dismantled
building was provided by volunteers Jeff Sargent of Sargent
Transportation and Mike Jeffries of Mike's Body Shop. Norm Ungermann
of Ungermann Excavating will assist in moving the foundation pylons.
Hardworking volunteers helped in the
disassembly of the depot. Loading of the resulting material was
provided by Barry Cummins, Carol Donavan, Don Donavan, Connie Doyle,
John Doyle, John Thomas Doyle, Kip Doyle, Ruth Doyle, Shawn Doyle,
Betty Frank, Doug Frank, Andy Moot, Karen Reynolds, Tom Taylor,
Terry Winchell, and others I may have failed to list.
Much still lies ahead. Bonnie Blair,
owner of the Block Barn at Empire City Farms, has agreed to provide
a home for the restored depot. It is hoped that the freight station will
become a feature of the Cuba Garlic Festival under the auspices of
the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. Reconstruction will begin in the
Spring 2008. My thanks to all who have helped thus far and to all
those who will join us in the future.
Michael Doyle, President, Cuba Friends