Guelph, Ont., August 22, 2019 – City of Guelph staff proposes that City Council consider moving Locomotive 6167 to John Galt Park following notification from Metrolinx that the City’s lease on their property will expire in December 2020.
A report to Council outlines the options staff has developed regarding the 79-year-old retired steam engine, located just east of the Train Station, adjacent to Farqhuar Street.
“The logistics of moving a 490,000 pound train—150 times heavier than the average car—has been well-explored,” says Danna Evans, general manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment with the City of Guelph. “John Galt Park was chosen because the City owns the land, it’s close to the train’s current location, it can support its weight and won’t impact how residents use the park space.”
If Council opts to relocate Locomotive 6167, it will sit on tracks mounted to an engineered concrete platform at John Galt Park, located next to the River Run Centre on Woolwich Street. The cost to move the train, including the crane and trucks, protection of the train during the move, road closure and landscaping is estimated at $650,000. The budget request will appear in the 2020 Capital Budget process.
Alternatively, Council could decide to remove Locomotive 6167 from Guelph Museums’ collection, gifting it to another museum or organization or retaining the historically-valuable rail pieces and disposing of the rest.
The report goes to Committee of the Whole on September 3, 2019. Residents can register as a delegation until Thursday, August 30.
Danna Evans, General Manager
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2621