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« on: May 07, 2021, 12:59:46 pm »

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Thieves have stolen thousands of pounds worth of ‘irreplaceable’ parts from a heritage railway in Bristol, just days before it's due to reopen following months of lockdown.

Raiders forced their way into the goods shed at the Avon Valley Railway at Bitton overnight on Wednesday (May 5), stealing specialist parts used in the restoration of the charity’s locomotive steam and diesel trains.

The cost of the theft is expected to run into ‘thousands of pounds’ but the railway operators say the bigger loss is the heritage value. of the items.

Many of the parts, such as gauge glass fittings and heat traps, were original, making them incredibly hard to replace.

Mark Simmons, the railway’s commercial and business manager, said: “This was a very targeted theft by people who knew what they were after.
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/thieves-target-bristol-heritage-railway-5385358

I'm wondering where the thieves' target market is? Other heritage railways? Private collections?
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 02:10:13 pm »

...or frustratingly, just melting down the metal for scrap and chucking the rest.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 02:33:24 pm »

It seems to have been targeted in this case. They went for old parts and left other metal as well as power tools.
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