Expansion of the Cleburne Railroad Museum will soon begin but first officials want to hear from residents and area railroad enthusiasts.
To that end, a town hall is scheduled 3-8 p.m. tonight at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
“The purpose of the meeting is to get word out of the project,” Cleburne Parks and Recreation Director Aaron Dobson said. “But also to hear any and all ideas people have on the renovation and expansion plans, to get feedback on what they’d like to see and what they’d like to see emphasized down to how they’d like the museum to look. Ideas such as say whether they’d prefer an open concept that flows or areas walled off in sections.”
The Cleburne City Council last year allocated $635,000 in the current year’s budget for the expansion and renovations, a portion of which will come from the Cleburne 4B Economic Development Corporation.
Council members recently accepted RPGA’s bid for architectural services related to the project.
“Because those are older buildings and between other buildings this will probably be a bit longer of a project,” Dobson said. “Which is another reason to get public input.”
Once public input is assessed and plans drawn up the construction and renovation plans will go out to bid, Dobson said.
Renovations and expansion should take about 22 months, he said.
Cleburne businessman Sam Walls, a long-time proponent of the museum, said he plans to attend tonight’s meeting and encouraged others to do the same.
Walls donated the current museum’s electric train exhibit.
“I submitted a letter with my ideas for the [electric train] exhibit and several other ideas,” Walls said. “I’m interested tonight to see what kind of information they give and what questions they ask because I think they have several questions to try to get the conversations started. And I’m interested to see what questions and ideas others have.”
Donations still needed for 3417
The Cleburne Railroad Museum Train Crew Club is still accepting donations for Cleburne’s iconic Engine #3417.
The steam locomotive, built in 1919, is one of five still existing from the 50 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for Santa Fe.
The engine spent most of her 35 years of service based in Cleburne.
Donated to the city in 1955, the engine was moved to Hulen Park where she remains today.
A party is planned for Oct. 19 to celebrate the engine’s 100th anniversary.
The Cleburne Railroad Museum Train Crew Club is accepting donations to upgrade fencing and landscaping around the engine. Construction of a shed like covering and an information plaque is also planned.
Donations are tax deductible. For information, contact the Layland Museum at 817-645-0940.
Donations may also be mailed to Project #3417, 201 N. Caddo St. Cleburne, Texas 76031-4903. Checks should be made payable to CRRMG Project #3417.
The Cleburne Railroad Museum, 206 N. Main St., is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.