The Blue Springs group behind the effort to save the Chicago and Alton Train Depot got some good news Friday.

The Blue Springs group behind the effort to save the Chicago and Alton Train Depot got some good news Friday.

A letter sent by Warren Erdman, executive vice president of administration and corporate affairs for Kansas City Southern, informed the Blue Springs Historical Society that it has until July 30, 2012, to move the depot, which is just off Main Street downtown.

The announcement is a victory for those members of the group S.O.D., or Save Our Depot, who since the summer have been gathering support to save the depot. While not the original structure (it burned in the 1920s), the depot is a replica of the original, minus one floor.

Kansas City Southern originally scheduled its demolition on Aug. 2, but pulled back after the group approached them in the hopes of moving it. Costs for doing so vary, though one estimate was as high as $50,000.

No firm location to where the building will be moved has been determined.

In addition to postponing any demolition on the building until July 2012, Erdman said Kansas City Southern will remove at their own cost the stucco/asbestos and a 55-gallon drum inside the depot by June 1, 2012.

After the depot is relocated, the Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund will present $5,000 to the Blue Springs Historical Society.

Mary Potter, president of the historical society, could not be reached for comment Friday.