MP 69.5 (DL&W)
Borough Station was built in 1869. It was a one and a half story, wood
frame structure. A 57' turntable
was used to turn the engines until about 1942 and was replaced by a
wye outside of
town. The wye track was replaced by a run-around in April of 1955.
A water tank and
a one-stall engine house, which may have been used to house a 'dummy'
engine in the 1870's-80's was torn down before 1907. (a photo of this
is still unavailable)
Around 1922 there
seems to have been an addition
to the station. Two photos I've seen are evidence of this, one of
which was dated 1922. The extension basically doubled the length of
the freight end of the station, as it sported a second freight door.
In 1939 the station
was moved across the tracks to accommodate the construction of the Sussex
Milk and Cream building. At this time the extension was apparently removed.
After abandonment of the branch, the town bought the station building
and later attempted to obtain a grant to renovate it for public use.
The funding fell through and the station fell into the hands of Dick
Roy. When the borough decided to build a new firehouse on the site,
the station was again
moved to the 'tie yard' on the Roy Company lot.
On January 22,
1994 Dick Roy, the owner of the station in Branchville heard the roof
of the station collapse
under the weight of several storm's worth of heavy snow. The collapse
occurred at 8:15 A.M. The station was razed
a few weeks later.
Coal dealer (Hoos & Fletcher), stock yard, Roy Co. (feed), building
materials (Hoose & Fletcher and Decker & Simmons) and the Borden
creamery (Sussex Milk & Cream).
the Branchville Station
map (Map from: Railroad Model Craftsman - October 1990)
map (Val Map V10/33 ca. 1945 updated to 1960, but track doesn't
reflect what is depicted in photographs from the 1960s)