Newport rail museum will reopen next month

 

News article: Newport rail museum will reopen next month

THIEVES, termites and graffiti vandals have hampered efforts to reopen Newport’s rail museum

  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
THIEVES, termites and graffiti vandals have hampered efforts to reopen Newport’s rail museum

Mr Jenkin said theft had been an ongoing problem in recent months.

He said most of the items stolen from the museum were small, such as headlamps, and likely to have been stolen by people who were either rail enthusiasts themselves or planned to sell the items on the black market.
Newport rail museum will reopen next month

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/newport-rail-museum-will-reopen-next-month/story-fngnvmj7-1226836754815

What kind of rail enthusiast would commit that kind of vandalism?

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  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Great to hear about the reopening!
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
Newport? I thought it was in North Williamstown. Either way, it would be great to go back there. I wonder if much has changed in the 6 or so years since I last went.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/west/newport-rail-museum-will-reopen-next-month/story-fngnvmj7-1226836754815

What kind of rail enthusiast would commit that kind of vandalism?
Lad_Porter

In it's old incarnation the museum was open to the elements and had very poor security, thefts of things like brass luggage racks and basins were commonplace.  Thieves are not necessarily rail enthusiasts but they know the value of an original VR fitting and they're not encumbered by any sort of morality around stealing from an enthusiast group.  Very sad but just a reality - hopefully they've taken steps in the new museum to put a stop to that sort of thing.  There's a tendency around Newport to steal anything not nailed down... when they were trying to rehabilitate the substation into an arts centre thieves broke in multiple times and made off with all sorts of stuff including an antique cast iron spiral staircase.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Have any of the exhibits changed ?

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