Vandals deface historic train equipment in Boonton

Volunteers with the United Railroad Historic Society of New Jersey in Morris County say that someone painted graffiti all over some of the old rail equipment that is on their property.



The Boonton property is secluded and those who work at the society are volunteers, so they are not sure exactly when the vandalism occurred. It was discovered Saturday.



Volunteers say the trains that were vandalized are very expensive.



"A restored [train car]... can take years to paint and it's about $10,000," says volunteer Kevin Phalon.



Two of the eight cars vandalized were used in the Toys for Tots program.



"People don't realize how relevant rail is to their lives," Phalon says. "In the mid-20th century everything you did was related to railroad in some extent."



Boonton police are investigating and ask anyone with information to give them a call.


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