ITM Vacates Site in Last Minutes Before Deadline

Personnel of the Indiana Transportation Museum worked up until a midnight deadline to get the last items of their collection out of the museum’s long-time home in Noblesville this week.

As sheriff’s deputies closed in to secure the museum’s long-time home in Forest Park, ITM was rolling out on a truck Florida East Coast office car No. 90, an 1898 Jackson & Sharp car that was used by FEC founder Henry M. Flagler.

Online reports indicated that Chicago, Burlington & Quincy car Silver Salon also made it out before a court-imposed deadline for the group to vacate the site.

The City of Noblesville had given ITM a March 1 deadline to leave after the city declined to renew the museum’s lease.

That was later extended to June 1 and then moved to July 12 on orders of a Hamilton County judge who rejected ITM’s bid for a preliminary injunction to delay the eviction.

The city has said it declined to renew the museum’s lease after finding hazardous chemicals leaking and being improperly stored at the site.

Reports are that ITM left behind a Pennsylvania Railroad hopper car and a New York Central baggage car.

Before leaving, it scraped an Atlantic Coast Line lightweight passenger car and a Milwaukee Road SW1 locomotive.

Whatever is left behind will become the property of the city, which will have to dispose of it as it cleans up the site.

The city had said in a statement that it will work to return privately-owned property to its owners.

ITM also sold or allowed other museums to acquire other items from the collection.

This included Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 587, which went to a developing museum in Ravenna, Kentucky.

The former Milwaukee Road F-units that were repainted in a Monon livery were also reported to have been sold.

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