MainStreet receives grant to move locomotive

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis MainStreet received a $20,000 grant Saturday to move the locomotive located at Hillcrest Park to the Clovis Model Train Museum.

CNJ staff

Moving a locomotive is expensive when there’s no track to move it with.

That’s why Clovis MainStreet is excited to get grant funding for transfer of the locomotive located at Hillcrest Park.

The train will be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum on First Street, a distance of about 2.5 miles.

The locomotive, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9005, has sat in Hillcrest Park since 1954, when it was donated to the city.

Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Baubien said a $20,000 grant was awarded Saturday night at a state MainStreet awards banquet as a legacy award, which is being done in conjunction with New Mexico’s centennial in 2012.

The money is given with a requirement that projects be finished in time for the centennial — a deadline Baubien said that will easily be met.

“The track (for the train) has been out there for several years,” Baubien said, “and we have been raising money (to unite the train and the museum).”

Supporters have been collecting money since 2003 to move the coal-burning locomotive.

The project has been estimated between $10,000 and $20,000, Baubien said. Any leftover money would go towards signage and security for the train.