It’s been sitting on steel beams about six feet off the ground for almost a month, but Wednesday, the historic Milwaukee Railroad depot in Charles City begins the actual move to its new location.
It’s expected to take Thein Structural Moving of Clara City, Minnesota almost three days to move the 1912 building on North Grand Avenue through an area of the former White Farm plant to the east. That move should not affect traffic until Friday, which will require a street closure that was explained by City Engineer John Fallis during the regular meeting of the Charles City City Council Monday night.
The street closure, which will be in effect Friday through Monday, was approved by the council.
Mayor Dean Andrews says officials expect several spectators for the depot’s move.
The American Passenger Train History Museum is coordinating the project, which was made possible through the “Save the Depot” fundraising campaign which netted over $350,000.