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Crews to move Elm City train station

Posted June 17, 2010
Updated June 18, 2010

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— After sitting in the same location for more than 100 years, the Elm City railroad depot is moving. On Friday, crews transport the station about 100 feet to its new home in downtown.

Officials said the short move is an effort to help rebuild the struggling town.

“We’re just trying to restore the history of Elm City,” Town Commissioner Melvin Coke said.

Crews move Elm City train station Crews move Elm City train station

The depot is being relocated from Main Street to a vacant property behind a nearby Methodist Church. It will be converted into Elm City's first community center, according to the Elm City Historic Preservation Commission.

“The city has one resource – its architecture and it’s architectural resource,” project adviser Jim Bradshaw said.

Crews planned to start moving the station at 9 a.m. They expected to complete the job in a couple of hours.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jun 18, 2010

    This is a GOOD idea. It preserves the building (along with its history and architecture) and makes it a usable resource. This old railroad depots usually have two choices. Either turn it into a building that can be used, or tear it down. I prefer it to be restored and maintained. This country has lost some beautiful train depots because people lacked the vision to see them as anything other than a building for trains to stop at.

  • classicwhaler Jun 18, 2010

    Angier (Harnett County) converted its train depot to a community building and home to the chamber of commerce. Surrounded the building with a community park and it's used for family reunions, weddings, elections, meetings, etc. Well liked and well used. Congratulations Elm City!

  • arak76473 Jun 18, 2010

    You had a point, until you sunk to name calling.

    "Whatever makes that po dunk town money I guess."

  • arak76473 Jun 18, 2010

    ""They said it will talk a couple of hours to move."

    Yeah, that's about right... A couple of hours "TALKING" then another few hours to disrupt the entire town.."

    A nice note to point out the typo would have been more appropriate.

  • nerdlywehunt Jun 18, 2010

    You preserve history by restoring the building and celebrating it's contribution to the area......now I know why I left that place!

  • Mucho Frio Jun 18, 2010

    "They said it will talk a couple of hours to move."

    Yeah, that's about right... A couple of hours "TALKING" then another few hours to disrupt the entire town....

    Oh what fun!!!!

  • 4DukeTillDeath Jun 18, 2010

    Dumb. You don't turn a historic building into a community building for everyone to tear it to pieces while having parties and family reunions in it. Whatever makes that po dunk town money I guess.