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Police appeal following heritage railway vandalism

Damage left behind by the vandals. Photo: ITV News

Police have appealed for information after vandals left a trail of destruction at the historic North Yorkshire Moors railway.

Eight 1930s teak carriages used in the ITV drama Downton Abbey were targeted whilst parked on a sidings at Pickering station.

The charity trust that runs the 18 line say services have been disrupted at their busiest time of the year.

A normal timetable is being run 24 July. However, instead of eight carriages, only three are in operation.

Smashed windows. Credit: ITV News

What has been a busy and enjoyable weekend for all those involved in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, has now been overshadowed by this mindless act of vandalism.

There is understandably a feeling of anger and outrage amongst the community and police are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

Anyone who has any information or who witnessed or heard anything suspicious or unusual overnight in the Pickering area is asked to call police.

– Inspector Martin Dennison

The fact that it is unique equipment means it is going to take an awfully long time to sort out. We have got original light fittings we have got original boiler fittings in the buffet car that have been bent and smashed.

The light fittings are unique, they have to be especially made - one coach has just entered service which had original pattern coaches, they'd spent years sourcing them and they have been smashed like cheap bulbs.

– Chris Price, NYMR’s General Manager