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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City to sell old railroad car

  • Officials with the city of Leavenworth are looking to get rid of an abandoned railroad car located near the Missouri River by putting it up for sale.
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  • Officials with the city of Leavenworth are looking to get rid of an abandoned railroad car located near the Missouri River by putting it up for sale.
    The old railroad coach car came into the city government's possession when the city purchased property at 801 N. Esplanade St. in December 2010. An old grain elevator is located on that property as well as the abandoned train car, according to Assistant City Manager Paul Kramer.
    The railroad car was built in 1949 by Pullman Standard. The 85-foot car accommodated 54 passengers and also had restrooms. It apparently was used by Amtrak at one point.
    It was moved to the location by the river in the mid 1980s. Kramer said he didn't know the circumstances of how it came to be at that location.
    The car rests upon rails. But the rails aren't connected to railroad tracks.
    "It's in rough shape," Kramer said of the car.
    The train car was the scene of a recent fire.
    Leavenworth city commissioners gave their approval Tuesday of putting the car up for sale. Kramer said he brought the issue to the City Commission after a representative from a train salvage company approached city officials about acquiring the train car.
    Kramer said the company representative, who works in California, has known about the car for some time and heard the property had changed hands.
    "He's been watching it for a long time," Kramer said.
    The company is interested in using parts on the bottom of the car. Kramer said removal of the entire car from the property will be a condition of its sale.
    Because the railroad car is city property, it's sale will require a bid process.
    During Tuesday's meeting, Kramer discussed creating a request for proposal to move forward with the sale process. He said Wednesday city officials simply may run an advertisement.
    "We may just advertise it for sale," he said.
    He said a copy of the ad would be sent to the railroad salvage company representative who expressed interest in the car.
    "He'll still have to submit a bid," Kramer said.
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