LAWRENCE – An association that operates a historic railroad in northeast Kansas has suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damages from vandals and other intruders over the past several years.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Midland Railroad Historical Association hauls around 25,000 passengers between Baldwin City, Kansas, and Ottawa, Kansas, each year. It also showcases multiple historic pieces of train equipment.
General Manager Allen Kinsley says that last week, a passenger car built in 1916 was vandalized yet again.
The car was taken out of service years ago and sidelined until some wheel work could be done.
Since it’s been out of service, the car has been frequently visited by vandals and thieves looking for scrap copper.
He says damage estimates exceed the insurance policy maximum of $30,000.