N.M. can’t afford Rail Runner costs

The Rail Runner has percolated below the surface as a political issue since it went into service in 2006. Originally marketed at a price of $122 million and as possibly being “high-speed,” the RailRunner shuttles (mostly) tourists and government employees from downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe and from Albuquerque south to the bedroom community of […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

Freedom New Mexico More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union […]

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

City receives grant for rail spur

CNJ Staff The city will receive a $1 million federal grant today to construct a rail spur for the industrial park, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will deliver the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant during a ceremony. Rail access for the city’s […]

Day trips: Railroading memorabilia abounds at Clovis museum

Compiled by William P. Thompson Remember playing with choo-choo trains when you were a kid? You can rediscover the fun of model railroads at the Clovis Depot and Model Train Museum. The depot has been restored to the same condition it was in the 1950’s. An operating telegraph station is inside and there are plenty […]

WWII railroad battalion trained in Clovis

By Don McAlavy On the windy afternoon of April 25, 1942, at Camp William C. Reid on the south edge of Clovis, the Stars and Stripes were raised during a small but impressive ceremony and the 713th Railway Operation Battalion was born. The U.S. Army, realizing the major role rail transportation was to play in […]

Man dies at Clovis rail yard

CNJ STAFF A 26-year-old employee of Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway died Thursday at the rail yard in Clovis. The victim was identified as Glen York of Clovis. Clovis Police Lt. Ron Hutchison said the employee was killed by a train that derailed in the train yard. Hutchison said the train rolled off the […]

Trains fascinate the young and the old

By Grant McGee Last Saturday morning while crossing the Prince Street bridge I saw what looked like a family of four watching the trains in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard. Two kids, a mom, a dad. Dad was pointing at something in the rail yard. It made me wonder if one or both of […]

City man drives onto tracks

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies took a 36-year-old Clovis man into protective mental custody Wednesday after he drove onto the rail line dividing Texico and Farwell about 8:45 p.m., according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “We could charge him with trespassing because he did drive down the rail, but if we charge him […]

Cheese plant latest sign of region’s attractiveness

The region’s near-euphoric state of awe these days is the outgrowth of a heap of economic development announcements in recent months. Our collective awe grew larger with Thursday’s announcement that a $200 million cheese plant will be built south of Clovis. The state-of-the-art plant will serve West Texas and eastern New Mexico dairies, including the […]