Train moving with combination of public, private money

File photo The retired locomotive at Hillcrest Park is scheduled for a move to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, likely this week. The cost is estimated around $21,500. Of the total, $8,000 comes from the city.

Kevin Wilson

The locomotive sitting in Hillcrest Park is moving to a new home, with moving expenses in the $20,000 range from a combination of public and private sources.

The train, which has been in the park since 1954, is heading to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum at 221 W. First St. Weather conditions prevented an expected move last week, but city officials are optimistic this will be the week the 105-year-old No. 9005 will be moved across the city without the use of train tracks.

The nearly 150,000 pounds will be lifted with a crane onto a truck, and towed like a trailer north on Sycamore Street, west on 14th Street, south on Prince Street, and south on Ross Street to its new address.

The cost is estimated to be $21,512.50, Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said. About $15,000 will come from the city on moving day, but nearly $7,000 of that will be reimbursed by Clovis MainStreet.

There are three sources involved in that money, according to Burroughes and City Finance Director Don Clifton:

• $8,000 was allocated to the effort during the Aug. 20, 2009, Clovis City Commission meeting. The money came from the city’s cash reserves.

• Nearly 18 months before, $6,600 was put toward the move. On March 13, 2008, the commission gave a portion of the city’s leftover “centennial fund” money. The city celebrated its centennial in 2007 using private donations and had $7,600 left. Of that total, $1,000 was given to Curry County and the rest was put away for the train relocation.

• The remaining $6,912.50 for the move comes from Clovis MainStreet grant dollars. The grant, Clovis MainStreet Director Robyne Beaubien said, comes from a non-profit organization called Friends of Main Street. The money is contingent on the train being moved by Dec. 31.

This portion will be paid upfront by the city, with a reimbursement likely within a time frame of a few weeks, Burroughes said. Reimbursements will also cover any expenses above and beyond the estimate.

Remaining grant money will be used for landscaping, security and potential train restoration.