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Work begins to relocate old train station building in Osaka Pref. in its entirety

The building of the old Hamaderakoen Station on the Nankai Main Line is being relocated in its entirety in Osaka's Nishi Ward on Nov. 28, 2017. (Mainichi)

SAKAI, Osaka -- Work began on Nov. 28 to relocate in its entirety the old Hamaderakoen Station building on the Nankai Main Line in this city's Nishi Ward, which is a national registered tangible cultural property.

    Built in 1907, the building will initially be used as a gallery and a cafe at the new site. After the Nankai Main Line is elevated, the building will be used as an entrance to a new station building, whose construction is scheduled to be completed around 2028.

    The old station is a Western-style, single-story wooden building. It was designed by the office of renowned architect Kingo Tatsuno (1854-1919), who also designed the Tokyo Station building and Osaka City Central Public Hall. The old station building ceased being used in January 2016 and a temporary station structure is currently in use.

    Relocating a building in its entirety is a traditional method to move old houses. The former office of the prime minister, which is now used as the official residence of the prime minister, was also moved in this way in 2003.

    In the transportation technique, the old station building was detached from the basement and jacked up in advance. The building, which weighs approximately 130 metric tons, was placed on iron bars arranged on a track and relocated some 30 meters southwest on Nov. 28.

    The building can be transported approximately 10 meters a day. The remainder of the work is scheduled for Dec. 1 and 18.

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