Dennis D. Heindl and the Ridgway community are collaborating to restore the historic train station located along North Broad Street in Ridgway.
According to William Gentilman, Property Manager for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc., the building was built the year 1907.
“The station was built the last year the Philadelphia & Erie Railroad was in existence,” said Gentilman. “The line the station is on was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad section that ran from Erie to St. Marys, and the track is still there.”
The restoration of the building has been nearly 20 years in the making.
“We are pleased we were able to come to an agreement with everyone,” Gentilman said. “We would have been forced to tear it down, and it probably would have been gone by now if the Heindls wouldn’t have come forward.”
The initiative was made by Dennis Heindl who approached Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. officials with the seeds for an agreement in an effort to save the landmark welcoming visitors to Ridgway.