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Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« on: Sep 10th, 2012, 8:29am »
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I think this belonged to the NYS&W. just saw it in the NJ Herald.
 
Sparta Train Station fire not suspicious
Posted: Sep 09, 2012 11:12 PM EDT Updated: Sep 10, 2012 7:44 AM EDT
 
SPARTA The investigation into the Sept. 3 structure fire that destroyed the 130-year-old Sparta Train Station has determined that an electrical panel box located on the outside of the building was a contributing factor. The incident is not considered "suspicious," police said.
 
The joint investigation is being conducted by Sparta Police Detective Sgt. John Schanstra and Detective Jason Garrigan of the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office Arson Unit.
 
The fire was initially reported at 3:49 a.m. by a passing motorist who was traveling north on Route 15. Fire departments from Sparta Township and Ogdensburg battled the blaze for approximately an hour and a half. The historic building was completely destroyed in the fire.
 
No further details have been released.
 
http://www.njherald.com/story/19497491/sparta-train-station-fire-not-suspicious
 
Here's link to photos from the Herald:
http://njherald.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=1527744&CategoryID=4460&ListSubAlbums=0
 
John J.


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Re: Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« Reply #1 on: Sep 10th, 2012, 4:28pm »
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Thanks for the update. I was wondering what caused the fire. I believe that the station was owned by a private company that was in the process of restoring it. Still it was a sad ending to what was otherwise a great Labor Day weekend on the Susie-Q. Three CSX detour trains and a passenger extra all handled without incident, and then this.  

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 10th, 2012, 9:57pm »
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Really sad to see.
 
It looks like the fire had way too much of a head start.
 


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Re: Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« Reply #3 on: Oct 9th, 2012, 8:31am »
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Looks like the owners want to rebuild the station and water tower. This just was on NJ Herald online edition:
http://www.njherald.com/story/19768149/owners-plan-to-rebuild-train-station


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Re: Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« Reply #4 on: Jan 15th, 2016, 8:36am »
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It's coming back:
From the NJ Herald:
Sparta train station rises from ashes
 
http://www.njherald.com/article/20160115/ARTICLE/301159968
 
By Bruce A. Scruton New Jersey Herald
Posted: Jan. 15, 2016 12:01 am
 
SPARTA -- Rising from the ruins and ashes of its former self, the Sparta train station is being reborn as an event center, railroad museum and a place where local artists and craftspeople will be able to teach their skills to a new generation.
 
Within the past couple of weeks, the framing of the new station has gone up and the roof timbers have been installed. Construction is expected to take about two months and when completed, the station will be dedicated to William E. Dermody Jr., a township resident and former mayor.
 
He is the father and grandfather of William E. Dermody III and William E. Dermody IV, who now own the station and continue with the family business, Techflex.
 
The money generated by fees and other activities at the station, located fittingly on Station Road, will go toward a fund that will be used to sustain the station in the future.
 
The original station was built in 1881 and was an integral part of Sparta's growth into a resort town in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
 
Legend has it that the idea for the Appalachian Trail was born in Hudson Guild Farms, building on the success of bringing hikers from eastern cities to Sparta where they would hike the local mountains, stop at Hudson for lunch and end up at the Mount Olive train station for the trip back to Newark or New York.
 
Although trains on the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway still travel the tracks, passenger service at the station ended in the 1940s and freight service was stopped in the 1960s.
 
The station then went through its "industrial" years, which saw the building and surrounding land become a federal Environmental Protection Agency clean-up site. The building itself showed the scars of vandalism and sagging conditions of neglect.
 
Once the clean-up was done, the building was purchased at auction by the Dermody family in 2008 and they began restoration of the building. Other businesses and groups, such as the Sparta PAL, and fitness and exercise facilities grew in other buildings on the nearly four-acre site.
 
Early on Labor Day 2012, the old station caught fire, later traced to faulty electrical connections, and burned to the ground.
 
In a statement, the Dermodys said, "The future is bright for the station building and we look forward to guiding it into a new, self-sustaining township amenity."


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« Reply #5 on: Jan 16th, 2016, 8:35am »
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That's great news, thanks for the heads-up!  
 
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 4th, 2016, 9:03am »
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I live in NJ, but don't frequent that part of the state very much....Any new news, lt230s?

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Re: Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« Reply #7 on: Apr 20th, 2016, 11:52am »
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Haven't heard of anything new nor had the chance to get down that way.
However, did find a website, I assume from the owners:
http://spartatrainstation.com/


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Re: Sparta,NJ station burns down
 
« Reply #8 on: Oct 3rd, 2016, 10:37am »
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Station is open. Had their dedication this past weekend. Will have to go and check it out.
http://www.njherald.com/20161003/sparta-train-station-rises-from-the-ashes


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