Our Fading History…Hunlock Creek Depot


(I took the two photos at top in the autumn of 2007, the last two photos were taken in early spring 2018)

The “Pagoda Style” depot at Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in the 1870s. At some point after 1910 and before 1913 an addition was added to the upper floor for an agent’s quarters. This feature sets this depot apart from other Pagoda Style depots of the DL&W. The depot is located between Shickshinny and West Nanticoke along Route 11.

When Conrail took over rail operations in the region, longer seeing a need for the line, the Bloomsburg Branch rail line was torn up from the PP&L Power Plant just above Beach Haven to Kingston. At an unknown date, sometime in the 1980s, the depot was raised up on a cinder block foundation and turned 90 degrees from parallel to the right of way. Today the depot still stands, but for how much longer one can only guess. The ravages of mother nature and time have taken their toll on this unique train depot.

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