LANSING, Mich. — A Lansing train tower dating back to the late 1800s has been moved so model train enthusiasts can restore it for display.

The Lansing State Journal ( reports that the Michigan Avenue Tower was moved Tuesday, Sept. 20 from a parking lot, where it had been part of a now-defunct train museum. Volunteers from the Lansing Model Railroad Club plan to repair the tower, donated to them by the city.

The tower stood alone in the abandoned Old Town parking lot for three decades falling into despair, where it became a resting spot for the homeless. Model railroad club president Michael Frezell estimates that Lansing had five such towers at one time, but the rest have been demolished.

“There are very few left around the country,” Frezell said about the tower. “It’s exciting. This is a great moment for our club.”

The club had budgeted $9,000 to move the tower itself, but a heavy equipment rental company donated its services to move the structure. A local recycling equipment company also donated their services to remove old asbestos shingles from the structure. Frezell said club members will do most of the remaining labor though some costs will accrue.

“Without us, it would probably still be rotting until the city demolished it,” said model railroad club member George Dines.

The tower will be moved to Hi-Ball Crane’s grounds for the restoration process and will eventually be relocated to Delta Township.

Information from: Lansing State Journal,