El Paso Railroad Museum Evicted In Rental Dispute

Jun 18, 2013

A railroad museum in West Texas has left a locomotive behind after being evicted in a rental dispute at a city-operated building.

Volunteers with the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso on Monday finished removing items as they seek a larger location.

The city had allowed the museum, which was founded in 2004, to operate without paying rent. A May eviction notice says the city needs a paying tenant as property values rose.

A statement from the city says the museum was using additional space at Union Plaza Transit Terminal without authorization. The site includes the 1857 Locomotive No. 1, on loan to the city from the University of Texas at El Paso.

City officials are working on a revised lease for the smaller area where the locomotive remains.

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