Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Cleburne

October 28, 2008

Working on the railroad

Councilman suggests building replica depot

Though less of a public topic these days because of the downturned economy, the possibility of a railroad museum is still a hot button issue for Cleburne residents and taxpayers.

In a question-and-answer exchange on Monday, city councilman Bob Force brought forward the idea of building a replica version of the former Trinity & Brazos Valley depot in the city-owned vacant lot just north of the Intermodal Depot on Border Street.

T-R: Do you think there will be a railroad museum in Cleburne eventually?

Force: Eventually, yes. The 4B board has formed a committee of two board members, two citizens and one council member, who is me. One of the things we’ll be doing is defining what a railroad museum is, where it’s to be located, how it’s to be operated, what will be the dominant project and exhibit. I do not see a railroad museum being operated as an all-volunteer museum. I see that 4B and the city will have to pick up the maintenance, the operation, and it could turn out to be very costly for our citizens if it’s not done correctly. A lot is going to depend on the money that becomes available. Until it’s determined what the museum is to be and how it’s to be operated, you can’t figure out the cost.



T-R: What are the options for a railroad museum location?

Force: I still think the major option should be a location accessible to the railroad tracks. I don’t know whether the people will want to move the 3417 engine out of Hulen Park. I know the architects have said the caboose at Layland Museum is creating a problem with the foundation of the (Layland building).



T-R: Who would be responsible for deciding if the steam engine is to be moved?

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