|Diner 5433, Hillsborough, July 2006|
Museum curator Art Clowes (disclaimer: a friend of mine) said that the museum is unable to afford the upkeep for some of its cars, so the paintball group will look after them until the museum is able to restore them. Atlantica owner Aaron Nelson said they would do some minimal maintenance on them.
|A bed in the sleeper|
The cars were all on the south leg of the wye in Hillsborough by June 20th.
The cars involved are:
- Diner 5433, originally CN 5433
- Sleeper Saint John River, originally NYC 10161, Agawam River
- Flanger 56471 (burned in the 1994 fire)
- Boxcars 74857 and 74886 (burned in the 1994 fire)
Personally, I have no issue with it. I know the NB Railway Museum is desperately short of volunteers and of money, so if someone can find a use for these cars other than scrap metal, they should go for it. Commenters on the CBC talked about the use of cars for rental cabins... all well and good but it all requires money and time, both in short supply. The NBRM has had its issues with volunteers in the past (I know, I volunteered there for several years) but I'm firmly of the opinion that if you aren't willing to help, you don't get to complain about how things are done.
|The dinner train in happier times. Hiram Creek Trestle, June 2002.|
I'm interested to hear what you think of the use of these cars.