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Federal grant will help fund renovation of Cheyenne rail equipment (updated)

By | June 16, 2022

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WASHINGTON — The city of Cheyenne, Wyo., has received a federal grant for more than $600,000 to support renovation of historic rail equipment.

The $618,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Agency, is intended to support local tourism. It will be matched by $154,600 in local funds. Cheyenne says the project will create nine jobs and generate $500,000 in local development.

The equipment, currently located in the Union Pacific yard in Cheyenne and in the city’s Lions Park, would be moved to city-owned property adjacent to the city’s railroad station for “display as historic artifacts or use as space for retail, dining,  or small business use,” according to a city council resolution. They would be part of a larger project, the “Cheyenne Railroad Visitor Experience,” supported by the council [see “Cheyenne, Wyo., makes plans for rail-oriented tourist project,Trains News Wire, Oct. 25, 2021].

While the grant announcement and a city of Cheyenne press release refer to “historic railcars,” the equipment involved is actually a locomotive, passenger car, and caboose. Union Pacific 4-6-0 No. 1242, built in 1890 by Cooke Locomotive & Machine Works of Patterson, N.J.,was retired in 1954 and is currently in Lions Park. Southern Pacific car 7077 is a former heavyweight observation car later used in maintenance-of-way service. And Union Pacific steel cupola caboose No. 812 dates to 1959. The latter two pieces of equipment are currently in UP’s Cheyenne yard.

“This EDA investment in the Cheyenne Railcar Renovation Project leverages the region’s railroad heritage to diversify its local economy and spur economic development,” Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo said in a press release.

The grant is part of a $240 million Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation program under the American Rescue Plan.

— Revised and updated June 19 to reflect information on equipment involved.

8 thoughts on “Federal grant will help fund renovation of Cheyenne rail equipment (updated)

  1. Is there anything, one single thing, anything at all, that people want, that isn’t a federal grant?

  2. And the taxpayers of the United States are paying for this why???? This should be funded solely by funds raised locally.

  3. Charles and James, I’m sure this some of that spread the wealth stuff to “build back better” that President Zucchini is pushing.on us. If it’s “Cheyenne History” why don’t they get the U.P. To cough up some dough, they seem to have a few bucks laying around.

    1. Same way that some grandstanding politician condemns a large infrastructure bill as ‘socialism’, then goes home and brags about how their flyspeck rural airport is getting $10 million.

  4. At least CSX has been generous to some preservation groups. If anyone should be helping I agree it would be UP. And yes, I am a UP shareholder.

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