NEW YORK New York
state-owned surplus train cars and parts will be auctioned off
Dec. 11 in Rotterdam, N.Y., and Dec. 13 in Scotia, N.Y., New
York State Office of General Services (OGS) commissioner RoAnn
M. Destito announced Wednesday.
At least 20 train cars and more
than 400 parts in various stages of production will be up for
auction, including air tanks, motors and doors, as well as
passenger, engine and restaurant cars, a spokeswoman for OGS
"Its massive. This is a
lot of metal," she told AMM. "Its not going to
be used and we need to dispose of it. And this seems to be the
best way to do it."
The state acquired the train
cars and parts being sold at the auction as part of a 1998 plan
to increase rail service and reduce travel time between Albany
and New York City, but the plan was unsuccessful and the parts
have been unused for more than a decade.
The state has been paying over
$150,000 a year in storage fees for the unused material.
"Auctioning this surplus
equipment will eliminate another wasteful use of taxpayer
dollars," Destito said in a statement.
Pre-bidding online has begun and
buyers can bid online or in person, the spokeswoman said,
noting that likely bidders include restaurateurs and
homeowners, as well as scrap dealers. More than $65,000 in
surplus parts have been sold on eBay so far.