Historic trains near Boulder vandalized

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating after vandals caused several thousand dollars' worth of damage at the Boulder Valley Railway Historical Society train yards over the New Year's holiday.

Society President Ben Mesander tells The Daily Camera he doesn't yet know how much it will cost to repair the damage, but it will probably exceed the organization's annual operating budget of about $2,000.

Mesander says someone drained several hundred gallons of oil from the engine of a 1955 locomotive. The oil alone was worth $1,000, and he suspects it will cost much more than that to clean up the contaminated soil.

Windows also were broken on a World War II-era Army hospital car, and the windows of a caboose were shot at with what appears to be a BB gun.

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