Crews to move Elm City train station
Posted June 17, 2010 7:32 p.m. EDT
Updated June 18, 2010 10:43 a.m. EDT
Elm City, N.C. — 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.
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.