Weatherly's historic train shop roof coming down
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
Contractors are half way done the demolition and removal of the roof of Weatherly's historic train shops. The decision was made by borough council to remove the roof after the borough's insurance company said the roof had to be torn down for both safety and liability reasons. The walls will remain standing. John "Jack" Koehler, Weatherly's train and community historian, said, "The shops were self sufficient and made steam engines from scrap." The historic Lehigh Valley Railroad shop, which produced over 80 "440" and "480" steam engines since its construction in 1867, consisted of a foundry, machine shop, erecting shop and more. He added that the Caboose House located adjacent to the shop will not be affected by the construction. In 2004, the shops were purchased by the Weatherly Rotary Club, Weatherly Public Library and Weatherly Historic Commission. The borough currently owns the land and shops. Koehler added that the borough has stated a number of possible uses for the building, to include the possibility of a large uncovered museum and garden. Contractors are expected to have the roof completely torn down by the end of October.