Edgemere Diner car, sign up for auction

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By Laura Hayes, Senior Community Reporter

The Edgemere Diner car is up for auction on Nov. 18. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – The iconic Edgemere Diner car is headed to auction. 

“We would really love a local buyer for this,” said Paul Zekos of Zekos Group Auctioneers during an Oct. 26 Board of Selectmen meeting. “It would be terrific if that could happen.” 

Zekos emphasized that the diner itself is up for auction, not the land it sits on at 51 Hartford Turnpike.

“This is an important decision for the town because it has always played a role locally, but it is time for new ownership,” Zekos said.

The auction of the diner and its contents will take place Thursday, Nov. 18. Zekos’ website states that the Edgemere Diner sign will also be auctioned off that day immediately following the sale of the dining car.

Individuals can also bid on the Edgemere Diner sign following the sale of the dining car. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

Zekos’ website describes the car, which is believed to have been produced in the 1940s by the Fodero Dining Car Company, as a piece of Americana, including a takeout window “to serve hearty breakfasts, milkshakes and apple pie.”

Zekos said that a $2,500 deposit in the form of a cashier’s check or bank treasurer check is required to qualify to participate in the auction. 

That deposit would be used toward the purchase price, he said. 

Zekos is requesting that a buyer remove the car from the site by Dec. 23. It’s the buyer’s responsibility to make arrangements, Zekos said. 

“It would really be a great project for somebody in terms of a restoration or improving that and making it vibrant as it once was,” Zekos said.

The purchase of the sign does not require a deposit.

Board of Selectman Chair John Samia asked what the next step would be if someone were to not remove the car by that December deadline.

Zekos said any cost associated with running an additional sale or having Shrewsbury remove the car would fall to the buyer.