8/03/2017 Fire in East Hanover Industrial Park

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8/03/2017 Fire in East Hanover Industrial Park

Postby jhdeasy » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:42 am

I was sorry to hear of the damage sustained by at least 2 passenger cars stored on a M&E Railway siding in an industrial park in East Hanover, east of Whippany. I see that former PRR parlor observation car MARTHA WASHINGTON and former CB&Q 10 roomette 6 double bedroom sleeper A. PHILIP RANDOLPH (originally SILVER MEADOW) were substantially damaged by fires that may have been set by vagrants who broke into the cars.

I also heard that there was a large fire department and EMS response to the scene, probably because they were uncertain if this fire involved loaded tank cars of propane or other combustible material.

http://www.newjerseyhills.com/hanover_eagle/news/fire-destroys-two-old-rail-cars-in-east-hanover/article_ed3c6a42-2515-545f-a450-cd40c85f13b1.html

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2017/08/04/fire-destroys-historic-rail-cars-e-hanover-museum/539562001/

Although the media coverage says these two cars were owned by the Whippany Railway Museum, I thought they were owned either by M&E Railway or by one or more of the railway's investors/officers.

If there is any good news to be found here, then it must be that no other equipment was damaged and no one was injured.
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