New Lenox, Ill., station set to move

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An outbound Metra Rock Island train passes the New Lenox, Ill., station, set to be moved on Aug. 15.
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NEW LENOX, Ill. — The 118-year-old New Lenox railroad station, most recently used by Metra, will be moved from its longtime location to a farm 5 miles away on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The move was originally planned for July 10 but had to be rescheduled to complete the complex logistics involved.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the move has to be coordinatred around commuter, emergency, and school traffic, as well as with utilities. Power company ComEd will use four crews to temporarily disconnect and reconnect power lines and street lights along the route, and has notified customers that brief outages will occur.

The move will not be begin until after 8:30 a.m., after Metra’s morning rush on the Rock Island District is complete and and once school buses have completed their morning routes.

The  Tribune had previously reported on artifacts found during the preparation for the move, including a cornerstone laid in 1900, a set of plans left in the building’s rafters, and architectural featuers which had been lost in remodeling over the years.

The depot is being moved to make room for a new shopping center. It is being located to the Walt Konow farm in Homer Glen, where it will be restored to its original appearance and used to sell tickets for activities at the farm and for educational purposes.

Konow came forward with an offer to pay for the move when the New Lenox Area Historical Society was engaged in efforts to save the building. Metra agreed to donate the building to the society if it could be moved.

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