(UPDATE 3:45 Thursday: This story has been updated with additional information after the depot was placed on top of the basement opening Thursday.)

It was an uneventful event.

That's what those involved were hoping for. 

On Wednesday morning, supporters of the "Save The Northfield Depot" initiative gathered at the historic train depot's old site and watched as the structure, built in 1888, was moved across the street to its new home, located between Second and Third streets, in what is referred to as the city's Q-block.

Supporters have long said the depot "going home." 

For years, STND has continued to work in an effort to save, rehabilitate and reuse the building on the new site. The Q-block location where the depot now sits previously contained a railroad track but was deeded to the city when it was abandoned by the railroad.

The depot that was relocated was one of five that were located in Northfield. It was the only one not located on the Q-block. Now it will, hence the "going home." 

"The Save Northfield Depot board has been meeting every Monday night for the last five years," said committee co-chair Alice Thomas. "Sometimes we joked about who was going to go along behind the building and pick up the bricks that fell off."

Despite Thomas' concern, no bricks fell off of the depot building as it moved across the street, and because of that, she called the move "uneventful."

On Thursday, the journey of moving the depot across the road was completed as construction crews placed the depot in its exact location. 

Large beams holding rollers were placed under the supporting beams and the building slid into place over the basement opening, Thomas said. She added that the concrete for the permanent supporting structure will be poured during the warmest days next week.

Northfield City Councilor Suzie Nakasian has been a longtime supporter of the group's efforts to relocate the train depot. She called Wednesday's event "inspiring."

"It's exciting," Nakasian said. "To physically and symbolically restore the past and to revive it, and enhance it for the future."

The STND initiative has spent the last eight years working to raise the $228,550 needed to move the depot structure from its old location. As previously reported, that dollar amount only covers the cost of the move — an estimated $65,000 is still needed to fund the renovations to the inside of the building.

The move was the first step in the implementation of the "envisioned depot-pavilion-transit hub complex."

“The timing of the move was significant,” said Rob Martin, co-chair. “The weather cooperated giving us just enough time to complete the move. Any later and we would not have been able to complete this critical stage until spring, probably May. Now we can concentrate on raising funds to address the exterior repairs and the interior renovation.”

STNB hopes to begin completing some of the repairs this winter, as funds become available. 

Visit northfielddepot.org for more information on the efforts and to learn how to get involved.

Kevin Krein covers arts and entertainment, non-profits, community events and people, and matters relating to Rice County and the surrounding townships for the Northfield News and the Faribault Daily News. You can reach him at 507-645-1106, or follow him on Twitter: @NfldNewsKevin. 

Kevin Krein covers arts and entertainment, non-profits, community events and people, and matters relating to Rice County and the surrounding townships for the Northfield News and the Faribault Daily News.

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