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Clovis Depot Train Museum
221 West First Street
Clovis, New Mexico 88101
Voice: 505-762-0066
Toll Free: 888-762-0064

At the turn of the century, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was looking for a new route over the mountains of New Mexico. It built a bypass from Belen to Texico, and used existing lines to rejoin its mainline in Kansas. The ATSF built the Depot in 1907 and also established the township of Clovis. The Depot served as the division point offices, the passenger station and as a boarding facility for train crews between work assignments. As rail traffic increased, the Harvey House and administration buildings were built to compliment the major yard and engine service facilities. The Clovis Subdivision was the last on the Santa Fe to use steam, and the selection of the 50's period for restoration highlights the transition from steam to diesel on the Santa Fe.

Today, the Belen Cutoff is one of the BNSF's busiest lines and some 75 to 100 trains pass through Clovis each day.

The Depot has been restored to its condition in the 1950-1960 era and has displays of historic documents and pictures covering its use since it was built. A special feature is an operating telegraph station. Artifacts of railroad significance are constantly being added to the collection. In May, 1996, the Depot was included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The development of toy trains is reflected in four layouts: a Standard Gauge layout presenting American Flyer and Lionel electric trains and accessories from circa 1920 to 1940; two O Scale layouts showing early 20th Century clockwork tin-plate trains of Great Britain and Lionel and Marx electric trains of the 1930 to 1970 era; and finally, an S Scale layout of American Flyer trains from the 1940-1960 era.

Real train operations can be viewed from the platform and from the Dispatcher's position in the Depot. The railroad's communications can be heard over the P. A. system.



Pictures and information were provided by Clovis Depot Train Museum

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