The historic Milwaukee Railroad depot in Charles City is getting closer to its new home.
Thein Structural Moving of Clara City, Minnesota, moved the 1912 building from it’s old location at the corner of North Grand Avenue and 13th Avenue to just north of the railroad tracks along 11th Avenue on Wednesday. After sitting there Thursday, crews resumed the depot’s move today, which Bob Moen with American Passenger Train History Museum says included the crucial crossing of the railroad tracks.
Still, Moen adds that they were more concerned about the weight of the depot possibly crashing through underground tunnels while moving across the site of the former White Farm tractor plant than moving the building across the railroad tracks.
The depot will be parked adjacent to its new foundation on 11th Avenue for the weekend, with the building scheduled to be moved onto the foundation on Monday. 11th Avenue will be closed to traffic through Monday.
In a loosely related story, the Charles City Police Department says they responded to the intersection of North Grand and 13th Ave shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday to remove a stowaway from a train passing through town. The train was stopped, an individual was located, and the subject was removed from the train.