Sarnia, Ontario VIA Rail station getting restoration

October 23, 2015

First phase of Sarnia train station restoration work expected to finish up next month

Work is progressing on restoring Sarnia’s historic train station.Website Insert Start Here copy

About eight workers have been peeling away decayed brick and mortar since mid-September, working to restore a facade damaged by years of erosion from salt and snow piled against it, said Shawn Monkman, a supervisor with London-based Norlon Builders.

“What we’ve done is remove the brick, put in new block to make it structurally sound, and then we’re putting brick back in and replacing all the doors,” he said.

“You can see the bottom of the doors, they’re all rusted and pretty much deteriorated, just from the years of salt, snow and so forth.”

Only the bottom four feet of the 1891-built station are being worked on, he said. The rest is in good shape.

Concrete around the periphery is also being replaced, Monkman said.

Meanwhile, new waterproofing and drainage are being installed, and work on the first phase — the track-facing back of the train station — is expected to wrap up next month, VIA spokesperson Maxime Dupont-Demers said.

Read the full story from reporter Tyler Kula in the Sarnia Observer by clicking here.


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