Train derails in railyard

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson A train derailed Monday morning in Clovis, with 10 total cars derailed. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, with no injuries reported. CNJ staff A train derailed at the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Clovis yard Monday morning sending 10 cars off the track, according to Joe […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte David Ortiz of Joe Bennett Trucking Co. sets a piece of wood under the No. 9005 train engine on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Crew members worked to prepare the locomotive to be moved to the Clovis Train Depot on First and Main streets. Benna Sayyed The first movements of the […]

Creating historic railroad district key

Phil Williams Moving the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway 9005 switch locomotive from Hillcrest Park to the lot in front of the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum is what we hope will be the first step in creating a Historic Railroad District. The locomotive will continue to belong to the city, the lot it […]

Train moving with combination of public, private money

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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 […]

Hillcrest train on the move soon

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum. By Benna Sayyed: CNJ staff writer A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 will soon be on the move. It’s headed for the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum at […]

Day trip: Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening

The Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening will be Nov. 4 at Railroad Plaza in downtown Tucumcari. Gabriel Monte Fired Up! Train Depot Grand Opening Location: Railroad Plaza, Downtown Tucumcari What activities can you enjoy at this location: Music, food and art. The centennial hot air balloon will be on hand and MainStreet will be […]

Mother of Confusion: Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaur Train’ kick-starts second season with movie

Genevieve Hinson Hey, there’s big news for Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” fans. The second season on PBS Kids is launching with the premiere of “Dinosaur Big City,” a one-hour movie airing on Aug. 22. (Check for your local listing at www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/.) After that each of the episodes will focus on the outdoors and other […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Clovis train, open meetings and the law of the land

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Fast facts The first Santa Fe Railway cars arrived in Clovis from Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 1907. Engineer Jeff Roberts brought the train in at night and initially failed to see the townsite. He had to back his train into the station. Meetings watch […]

Former Clovis resident recovering from train accident

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis resident Paul Young is recovering from his sixth surgery on Friday after losing his legs and left arm in a train accident, said his father, Mike Young. “He is in good spirits and has a good attitude,” Mike Young said. Mike said his 28-year-old son will have […]

The order of cars on this train matters

Curtis K. Shelburne Samuel Taylor Coleridge uttered profound truth when he warned, “He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.” It’s a matter of priority. It’s like the toy train you might set up around […]

Day trip: Clovis Train Depot part of local history

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Train Depot is located at 221 West First Street in Clovis. Place: Clovis Train Depot Location: 221 West First Street, Clovis What activities can you enjoy at this location: Learn about the history of the railroad in Clovis. The depot has 11 operating layouts, nine of which can be […]

BNSF train derails south of Socorro

The Associated Press SOCORRO — A Burlington-Northern Santa Fe train, traveling to Belen from El Paso, Texas, derailed around 6:40 a.m. (MDT) just outside of Socorro. Authorities say there are no injuries. About 19 cars have derailed. There was a fuel-oil car that broke during the derailment and officials are concerned about the leak’s proximity […]

Nation should remember those who made sacrifices

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to honor those who had died in battle by remembering them and decorating their graves. On this Memorial Day, I cannot help but […]

Day trip: Clovis home to model train museum

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Cannon Connections Photo: Carrie Pendleton The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum displays nine model train layouts depicting railways from around the world. It also boasts a gift shop. Place: Clovis Depot Model Train Museum Location: The museum is located at 221 W. First St. in Clovis. It is 7.5 miles or a 15-minute drive from […]

Train strike victim identified

CNJ staff The investigation continues into how Larry Green, a signalman, was struck and killed by a train near Hereford, a BNSF Railway spokesman said Thursday. Green, 54, of Amarillo, died Wednesday morning at the sceen.

BNSF Railway employee killed

CNJ staff A BNSF Railway employee was killed Wednesday morning outside of Hereford. Joe Faust, a spokesman for the railroad, said Larry Green, 53, was struck by a westbound train about 6:20 a.m. (CDT) near Mile Post 601.3, 47 miles west of Amarillo. Green had been an employee of BNSF for 15 years. Faust said […]

My essence: Eau de self doubt

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I was concerned about. I was more concerned with having no girlfriend, no vacation house, no HBO subscription, no basketball ability and no reasonable hopes to retire before age 79. Oh, and no ability to stop making self-depricating comments. No train of thought — where were we? Oh, that’s right, […]

Train museum features Clovis history

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist It has been a long time since I was in Phil Williams’ “Clovis Depot Model Train Museum.” The old Clovis Santa Fe Passenger Depot now houses Phil’s museum which has been restored. Phil’s museum, to be exact, is at 221 West First St. in Clovis, south of U.S. 60/80 on […]

Airman uses SABC to aid man hit by train

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs “I had to take a detour.” Senior Airman Eric Slaugh, 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, was returning to base from leave in December when he encountered a snowstorm in northeastern New Mexico, a storm that would detour him into assisting in saving someone’s life. […]

Airmen train with F.O.R.C.E.

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron board a plane before “deploying” to a hostile “village.” The exercise in Roswell was the culmination of week-long training that 13 Cannon airmen participated in. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The two security forces […]