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Locomotive 6167 will stay in Guelph (and in one piece)

Council supports spending $650,000 to move it beside River Run Centre rather than giving it away or scrapping most of it
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Locomotive 6167. Guelph Museums photo

Guelph's historic Locomotive 6167 will remain part of Guelph's heritage inventory.

At city council's budget discussions Wednesday night council agreed to spend the estimated $650,000 to relocated the decommisioned steam engine from its current home on Farquhar Street to a new location in John Galt Park beside the River Run Centre.

Metrolinx, the crown corporation that operates the rail line, owns the land where the locomotive currently sits and needs the space for future expansion. The city's lease runs out at the end of 2020.

Coun. Rodrigo Goller put forth a motion that the city look at gifting the train to another museum and, failing that, remove some historical elements and scrap the rest. That motion was defeated 10-3.

The 79-year-old train is part of the Guelph Museums collection. It weights 490,000 pounds.