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Light railway damaged after vandals rip up track

PUBLISHED: 13:04 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 09 April 2015

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Swanley New Barn Railway unable to run a full service

Enthusiasts who run a light railway in Swanley are distraught this week after vandals ripped up more than 25 metres of track.

The volunteers at the Swanley New Barn Railway say they will need to spend “many hours” relaying the track and are unable to run a full service after it was destroyed on Tuesday evening.

Police were summoned just after 7.20pm when a call came in saying teenagers were pulling up the track.

By the time police got there, the teenagers had gone, leaving the ripped-up track behind.

A notice on the railway’s website says: “Due to a severe act of vandalism, we will be unable to run a full service until this weekend at the earliest.

“More than 25 metres of the new track that our volunteers spent many hours this winter laying has been damaged and will require many hours of work to make it useable again.

“We will of course do our best to run as many trains as possible but ask for your patience as our capacity is now severely limited by this mindless act.”

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