Council to consider train transfer agreement

Published 11:47 am Monday, February 16, 2015

Tuesday evening, the Bainbridge City Council will consider a transfer agreement, detailing the specifics of Corbin, Kentucky’s offer for exchange of L&N locomotive 2132.

The city of Corbin is offering a sister-city relationship, mention of Bainbridge at its rail museum and corresponding promotional material and $5,000.

“It’s a very economically depressed area, not a lot of extra money, so they’ve felt they made their best offer. That’s what we’ll be taking to council,” said City Manager Chris Hobby.

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The agreement stresses Corbin’s intentions to recognize Bainbridge’s role in preserving the locomotive.

“Reference shall be made at the Corbin Railroad Museum of the history and heritage of Locomotive 2132 and will note the cooperation of Bainbridge in its 35 years of maintenance of said Locomotive and its return to Kentucky,” according to the proposed agreement.

At the Feb. 3 City Council meeting, the council voted 5-1 to give Corbin the locomotive, pending negotiations of compensation.

Hobby said that the city currently does not have formal plans for what to do at the Earle May Boat Basin animal park if the train moves to Kentucky but that several options will be discusses and considered at the City Council’s annual retreat in March.

The agreement is on the agenda for Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, which will be at 6:30 p.m. at the council chambers in City Hall.