Heritage railway site vandalised two days in a row

A heritage railway site in Butterley has been vandalised for two days in a row.

The Midland Railway, near Ripley in Derbyshire, is usually a family favourite, taking visitors back in time to experience a historical railway journey.

However it has now been left in a shocking condition after three Mark 1 railway carriages (the name of the first standardised designs of railway carriages in the 1950's) were found with smashed windows and with signs of people trying to force their way into the carriages.

Smashed windows on the Mark 1 railway carriage. Credit: Facebook @MidlandRailwayButterley

One railway carriage was found vandalised on Wednesday (May 27) and the other two were found on Thursday (May 28).

Staff from the Midland Railway described the vandalism as"absolutely heartbreaking for all of our staff and volunteers who spend endless hours right across the site trying to improve the visitor experience."

Signs of trespassers forcing their way into carriages. Credit: Facebook @MidlandRailwayButterley

On Saturday (May 30) a small number of volunteers visited to the site, whilst social distancing, to put some extra measures in place to try and protect vehicles and buildings.

Security across the site has now been tightened with more site patrols in place every day.

Staff are asking for donations to help repair the damages, during what is already a tough time financially because of the lockdown.

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