CBS 13: Vandals break 21 windows, uncouple cars at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad in Portland

Posted July 15, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
Last modified July 16, 2014, at 4:22 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s Narrow Gauge Railroad was hit by vandals on Sunday night, leaving thousands of dollars in damage.

Twenty-one windows and two doors were smashed in by vandals.

“You look at it and go ‘why? ‘Why would anybody want to do something like that?Just because its here?’” said Donnie Carroll, director of the railroad, which is a rolling museum unique to Maine. “This is not Mount Everest. You don’t climb it because it’s here.”

Carroll, and members of the restoration team, discovered the damage around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

“The fire extinguisher from the engine was here all over the place,” he said. “Tools, the log book from that engine, all over the place.”

It will cost an estimated $3,800 to fix, but that’s not the worst part.

Carroll said the vandals also targeted cars on the active train that takes people on rides each hour in the summer.

“They’re coupled together and there’s a pin, and so two pins were pulled out,” he said. “Then safety chains keep them together, those were unhooked.”

The crew caught it during a morning walk through, but Carroll shuddered to think what could have happened.

“Absolutely the most disturbing,” he said. “That’s a disregard for health and safety and well-being. There were a lot of kids today. We had a camp group come in with 35 kids on it.”

Carroll said the discharged fire extinguishers caught the attention of a worker at Portland Yacht Services, who saw two teenage boys running away.

Now, surveillance video is being reviewed to find out if they were caught on camera.

“We had 3½ hours of seven people just cleaning up a mess from some irresponsible people,” said Carroll.

He wants to see those people held responsible, and ultimately pay restitution.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Portland Police Department.

 

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