Kremmling Depot to be moved next week
September 2, 2008
Crews will move the Kremmling Train Depot from where it sat by the tracks for 102 years to the town’s Heritage Park Museum next week.
The Kremmling depot is the last remaining of its floor plan built by the Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railway. The Grand County Historical Association was able to save the building from demolition with assistance and donations from community members and groups.
“We have ownership of the building,” said Larry Gross, vice president of museums for the Grand County Historical Association. The transfer of ownership became official last Tuesday. “We’ve had good cooperation from everyone involved.”
The Fishing Cabin and Pole Barn were moved at the Historic Area Complex to make room for the depot. The cost to move these buildings and the depot is about $30,000, Gross said.
Bailey House Movers of Grand Junction will move the structure, located on the corner of Depot and Second Street, to 1114 N. Fourth Street on Wednesday or Thursday, Gross said.
The building is 80-feet long and 24-feet wide. Movers need “special iron rails,” to transfer the building, Gross said. He estimates it will take a couple hours to move the depot six blocks.
Workers will have to remove or lift Mountain Park Electric, Comcast and Quest power lines as the building is relocated. This has already been OK’d by the companies, Gross said.
Union Pacific Railroad has abated asbestos found in the depot ceiling, and has scraped and sealed loose lead paint from the outside of the building.
“Its ready to roll,” Gross said.
The association will replace some of the building’s ceiling, where shingles were removed. Crews will not be able to work on it during the winter because the depot does not have heat or power.
Museum guests will be able to view the building’s exterior until the depot is ready to be shown.
Gross gave credit to the Grand County Commissioners, Union Pacific railroad, Kremmling’s Last Time Around Store, Kremmling Town Manager Ted Soltis and Mayor Thomas Clark for saving the building.
“The Town of Kremmling has done a lot for us,” Gross said. “They spent many, many hours on the phone. We’ve had a lot of people helping.”
The Union Pacific Railroad donated $15,000, Grand County Commissioners donated $10,000 and Grand County Historical Association donated $5,000. More than 400 people signed a petition in favor of keeping the structure and raised more than $1,000, officials said.
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