Keller groups at odds over restoring railroad car

May 30, 2012 7:26:34 AM PDT
Some North Texas residents are at odds over whether to save a vintage passenger railroad car or dismantle it for salvage.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the nearly 28-ton car was bought and moved to Keller this year at a cost of about $18,000. The money came from five years of Crawfish Krawl festivals in Keller, about 15 miles north of Fort Worth.

Several angry residents Tuesday said they'll go to court to stop the salvage operation, which began Memorial Day weekend. Some Old Town merchants want to restore the car as a tourist location.

But Edward Kirkwood, who's president of the merchants association, says most members believe that's not a wise use of funds. Kirkwood says a vote earlier this month cleared the way for dismantling the car.