The Rougemont depot is $4,000 closer to new life.
Money-raising to relocate, reconnect and restore the disused train station (above) started June 1, says Save Rougemont Depot committee chairman Joe Haenn. Surveying is almost done, and one section of the depot may get moving into place by Sept. 30.
"We are getting all of our ducks in a row to begin phase one," Haenn said. Cost for that part of the project is estimated at $11,589.50, total cost at $50,086.50.
The depot which served the northern Durham County village from 1938 until the 1960s (below), when rail passenger service ended. Afterward, stationmaster John Anderson moved the freight section to his yard for a barn, the passenger section became an office and a third, office section, disappeared.
Restoration's aim is to move the remaining sections to a donated piece of land, across Red Mountain Road from the original station site, and fix them up for a community center and local-history museum.
The project is planned in three phases, to be done as money comes in. It began with a groundbreaking ceremony in March.