Hours after a public auction to sell six of the Minnesota Zephyr diner cars was canceled, David Paradeau told the Pioneer Press plans are in place to move his once-famed railcars to Hudson.
The "plans and suppliers are in order to start the process," Paradeau told the Pioneer Press. The Zephyr will be moved to a secure location in Hudson "as soon as possible, certainly before March 1."
A public auction for six of the rail cars was originally scheduled to happen Wednesday morning in Bayport, because Paradeau owed Andersen Corporation upwards of $250,000 for storing the rail cars on thier tracks.
That sale was canceled.
"Andersen Corporation has reached an agreement with Mr. Paradeau, which will resolve the storage fees and allow him until March 1 to remove the Zephyr railcars from our property,” Laurie Bauer, a spokesperson for Andersen Corporation said Wednesday morning. “As a result, we are cancelling the public auction of the six Zephyr railcars that was scheduled for today."
This summer, Andersen agreed to let David Paradeau temporarily store six of his train cars on Andersen’s property while details of an out-of state sale were being worked out.
Paradeau’s potential sale fell through, and the Minnesota Zephyr hasn’t moved.
"After five months, the cars have become an impediment to our business and must be removed," Bauer told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. "We've been very patient and have tried to help out, but, unfortunately, it's just been too long."
Paradeu reportedly owes Andersen upwards of $250,000 for storing the rail cars on Andersen’s tracks.
Last month, the city of Stillwater hired a crew to move one of the Zephyr locomotives from city property back onto property owned by Paradeau. That cost was specially assessed to Paradeau.
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