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2013 - Vandalism of locomotives and move to Ogden, Utah

Locomotives #231 and #644 vacated Brooklyn Yard as part of the closure of the Brooklyn Roundhouse, and it had been relocated to a barb-wire fenced location along with other historic equipment and rolling stock. Unfortunately, vandals and thieves made their way in by digging and crawling under the fencing, and measures were put in place to capture them red-handed.

DYRX 644
Locomotives 231 and 644 on its hospital
move to storage site on February 10, 2011.

SP 4449 and DYRX 644
Both locomotives were boarded up and secured with chains.

#231 at temporary storage site near NW Yeon and Guam.

#644 at temporary storage site near NW Yeon and Guam.

Vandalism occurred to both #231 and #644 locomotives, with #231 taking the brunt due to ease of access head-end cables.

Night-vision live-alert cameras were mounted on the locomotives,
and it wasn't long until the thieves returned. The police arrested
the trespassers after finding them hiding under the locomotives.

It wasn't until after the arrest that shotgun damage to the windshield was discovered, and the police were unable to attribute it to the suspects since they didn't see the damage on that night, despite one of the suspects being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful discharge within city limits (by his admission). No one reported the gun shots since it occurred during the evening of Independence Day, while numerous fireworks were being set off.

Windshield damage. When Chris F. made a victim impact statement at the sentencing phase at court, he informed one of the suspects (who plead guilty) that they inflicted harm to a group of volunteers who share a dream of restoring a locomotive, that we're not some big railroad with deep pockets and insurance. The convict showed no response, and was sentenced to one year in prison plus $5,000 in restitution.

#231 with new reporting marks and number boards.

The locomotives moved out of the storage site on January 28, 2014, and interchanged through three railroads to get from Yeon to Albina.

Locomotives being moved to Lake Yard.

DynaRail founder and volunteer John Magnusson observing.

BNSF 3613, F40 231 and SDP40F 644.

Crossing NW Yeon Avenue.

At interchange track in Lake Yard.

On the ready track at Albina Yard.

Passing through Brigham City, UT.

Passing through Farmington, UT.

Passing North Temple Station in Salt Lake City, UT.

Arriving to Ogden, Utah.



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