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NY to auction train cars, parts for reuse, scrap

Keywords: Tags  New York State Office of General Services, scrap train cars, scrap metal, auction, Samuel Frizell

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 said.

"It’s massive. This is a lot of metal," she told AMM. "It’s 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.

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