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Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home
Railway leaders narrow search for locomotive's new home

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  The Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors is narrowing the search for where to put a donated locomotive.

The Railway Board of Directors met Wednesday night to discuss a permanent home for the Benjamin F. Cooper.  The group originally planned to move the locomotive to a pocket park near the depot, but some community members were concerned the size of the historic train engine would overwhelm the space.

 Coopersville & Marne Railway President Jeff Du Pilka says of the six alternative sites under consideration, a space between the Farm Museum and Coopersville Historical Society seems to be the most popular one.  Du Pilka says the board is looking for a place that’s accessible for people who want to take photographs near the landmark.  The spot should also be highly visible to deter vandalism. During the Downtown Development Authority's meeting earlier this month, railway and city leaders agreed to  visit all of the sites and stake out the dimensions of the locomotive.

Du Pilka says the Coopersville & Marne Railway plans to shrink wrap the Benjamin F. Cooper soon for the winter season.  He says the group would like to find a permanent home for it by summer 2014.