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Old locomotive gets a lift for one more journey
By David Delcore
BARRE — It’s unclear who actually owns it and who will ultimately pay the cost of moving it from downtown Barre to the Vermont Granite Museum on the city’s outskirts. However, on Friday at least two other questions were answered about the historic diesel-electric locomotive that sparked controversy this week.
Barre & Chelsea No. 14 — a mass of metal that was preserved 40 years ago as a monument to the role the railroad played in Barre’s industrial heritage — really can be moved from here to there, and it doesn’t weigh as much as expected.
The carefully choreographed move from Metro Way to the museum property on Jones Brothers Way went off without a hitch, with the 68-year-old General Electric locomotive covering the first and last 20 yards suspended 2 feet off the ground by a 180-ton crane.
The crane’s scale registered the weight at just under 40 tons — less than the 55 tons that had been estimated. The locomotive weighed 70 tons before its engine was removed.
The towering crane, which was trucked up from Vernon, drew a small crowd Friday morning as it prepared to lift the locomotive from the spot where it had been relocated in 2002 to make room for a parking lot being developed on land then owned by the state.
Roland Lajeunesse, the 89-year-old founder of the family-owned construction company that still bears his last name, was among those who turned out...