PeeJayEss, a similar trick was used in the late 1800's in Central Florida. The Sanford and St. Petersburg Railway (narrow gauge) was bankrupt and it's owner running from a tar and feather gang, 'arranged' a meeting of northern investors at Oakland, Florida. Strapped for cash, the investors saw one of the busiest railroads in the nation. While they were at the hotel, orders had gone out to the train crews to switch cars around in the yard continuously. The result? More money flowed to the little railroad, one that would become part of the Atlantic Coast Line.
So put up the cranes and let every investor from the north that passes through town want to 'get in on the action' LOL!