Train engine in Carlsbad park hit by vandalism

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad retiree who helps care for a nearly century-old railroad locomotive is disappointed by recent vandalism to the transportation artifact.

According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, vandals recently targeted the engine with paint guns, damaged wood around window areas and took a smokestack lid.

Buzz Sexton crafted the lid to replace one stolen previously. He’s asking that whoever stole the replacement return it, no questions asked.

The missing lid is black. It has a thick band around it and a ball-hitch attached to the top.

The 60-ton Baldwin engine was built in 1914. It was donated to Carlsbad in 1956 after it carried potash and ore along the railroad to a mill.

The engine was cosmetically restored in 2005.

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