Train still waiting for move across town

CNJ STAFF

The Clovis Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to help move an historic steam locomotive to a new home, Clovis Depot Model Train Museum owner Phil Williams said Wednesday.
The Rotary Club made the donation at its Nov. 6 meeting.
Williams said he needs between $8,000 and $10,000 to move the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe No. 9005 from Hillcrest Park to his museum at 221 W. First St.
He said two moving companies have given him separate estimates of $8,000 and $10,000 to cover the cost of moving the locomotive.
Including the Rotary Club’s donation, he now has $2,000. The other $1,000 has come through a number of donations, ranging from $25 to several hundred dollars, he said.
“A crew from the city of Clovis put in caliche and brought equipment to hard pack the base for a foundation Oct. 15. Then Greg Jennings and Ken Jones of the Clovis Area Train Society used a forklift from W. T. Denton Inc. move the rails and ties into place where it will sit,” he said.
Williams said he hopes to move the engine in the late winter or early spring, before trees along the route it will have to travel begin bearing leaves. But, he still has to collect the remainder of the cost of moving it, he said.
Donations for the project are tax deductible, because Williams’ model train museum has allied itself with the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program for the project. The CDRP wants to create a historic railway district in the downtown area as part of its revitalization efforts, Williams said.
For information, contact Williams at 762-0066 or the CDRP at 763-7266.