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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rail Car In Owen Sound Vandalized

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Vandals have smashed out windows on the heritage train car near the harbour.

For a second time this month, vandals have smashed out windows on a heritage train car stationed near the harbour in Owen Sound.

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre chair Kathy Strutt says sometime overnight on Saturday two large windows were damaged on the 1953 CN Coach outside the Rail Museum on 1st Ave. W, near the west side harbour walkway.

Strutt says this is the second time this month vandals have damaged the CN Coach.

On the Labour day long weekend, she says one window was smashed on the car and a railing was ripped off.

Strutt estimates well over $1,000 in damages has been done to the historic CN Coach in the two September incidents.

"What's really, really sad is the coach is almost ready to be opened," Strutt says. "It's the community's coach car. It's all been community money that has gone into refurbishing that coach car"

The CN Coach 4884 arrived in Owen Sound from Keswick in 2015.

Strutt says it has been undergoing extensive renovations to turn it a multi-use community historic and educational display.

She says all the windows had to be replaced in the restoration. Other work included new wiring, plumbing and fully re-finishing the interior.

Strutt says the Community Foundation Grey Bruce and the city put grants towards the project, while a number of tradespeople have volunteered their time.

"Let's stop this vandalism, that harbour-front is fantastic," Strutt says. "It's a beautiful spot and the city has poured major dollars in there ... this does not look good for the city to have this type of vandalism happening."

Owen Sound Police ask anyone who may have information about the incident that occurred sometime overnight on Sept. 22, to contact them or Crime Stoppers.


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