Full steam ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed A wire company worker raises telecommunication cables to allow the locomotive a clear passage on West Grand Avenue. Benna Sayyed A 105-year-old locomotive retired in Hillcrest Park since 1954 was moved Thursday to its new home, one day ahead of a funding-based deadline. The 144,000-pound steam-engine relic had to be […]

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 […]

Locomotive relocation postponed

CNJ staff report A retired locomotive is staying at Hillcrest Park for at least the weekend. The 105-year-old locomotive, set to be moved to the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum, was not moved Thursday, and inclement weather should nix any possible weekend movement plans, Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said. The move is set […]

Retired locomotive moving again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A crew from Joe Bennett Movers places steel beams under and though the train car Wednesday in Hillcrest Park. The beams will be uses to lift and support the car onto a truck which will take it to its new home at the train museum. Benna Sayyed The 105-year-old locomotive […]

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 […]

MainStreet receives grant to move locomotive

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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 […]

Derailed train car killed worker

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The cause of death of a Clovis railroad worker moving a tank car is still under investigation, according to city and railroad officials. Glen A. “Skip” York II, 26, an employee with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail yard, was killed Thursday afternoon by a derailed rail car, according […]

Old locomotive bell making CHS home

By Don McAlavy In the name of school spirit, five Clovis High students scaled a fence protecting the old locomotive at Hillcrest Park in 1959 and made off with the train’s bell. The five boys never told anybody that it was them that “borrowed the bell” which can still be heard today ringing at Clovis […]

Funds needed to toot old locomotive

By Don McAlavy Early in 1954, Clovis City Commissioner Roy Walker wrote a letter to Earnest S. Marsh, vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago. In so many words, the city of Clovis was asking the railroad for a locomotive that would be displayed in Hillcrest Park. Walker and the other commissioners knew Clovis […]