New Jersey historical society looking for help tracking graffiti vandals

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Graffiti damage on a vintage Pennsylvania Railroad baggage-Railway Express car at the United Railroad Historical Society.
Kevin Phalon
BOONTON, N.J. — Police in New Jersey are looking for people who vandalized 10 pieces of historic railroad equipment owned by the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey. The equipment was vandalized earlier this month, according to a preservation group announcement.

According to the historical society, on Jan. 14, volunteers discovered that multiple pieces of equipment at their restoration facility in Boonton had been covered in graffiti. At least eight pieces of rolling stock had been tagged and the windows in one locomotive were broken. The locomotives and cars are stored in a private rail yard that is surrounded with an 8-foot-high security fence. Historical society officials believe that the vandal or vandals caused about $15,000 in damage to the equipment.

The historical society and the Military Transport Association restored two of the cars — a 1926 Pennsylvania Railroad baggage car and a boxcar — for use on the annual Toys For Tots Trains.

Anyone with information that may aid in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Boonton Police Department at (973) 402-9371.

The historical society is also accepting donations to cover costs of the repairs.

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