By Jack King
The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program and area train enthusiasts are looking for donors to help them move an historic steam locomotive to a new home.
The locomotive, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9005, has sat in Hillcrest Park since 1954. Phil Williams, owner of the Clovis Historic Depot Model Train Museum, said he reached an agreement with the city of Clovis in December to move the engine to his museum at 221 W. 1st St.
However, the move will cost $10,000 and so far he and his supporters have collected only $600, he said.
ATSF 9005 is the last of its type and was used in the Clovis yard until the end of the steam operations, then was converted to an oil burning engine in 1944, Williams said.
It was donated to the city of Clovis in 1954 and hauled to its spot in Hillcrest Park by Bennett House Movers of Clovis. But the train has sat at the park for almost 50 years and needs to be restored, he said.
“Joe Bennett said his company could move (the engine) the same way they moved it in 1954, on a wide-bed truck. They’d get it onto the truck the same way they move a house, with jacks,” Williams said.
The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program would like to make the locomotive part of it efforts to create an historic railroad district near the downtown area, according to a CDRP brochure on the locomotive.
Contributions to the effort will be tax deductible, the brochure said.
For more information, contact Williams at 762-0066 or the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program at 763-7266.