Thieves steal specialist parts worth thousands from heritage railway

Thieves broke into Avon Valley Railway at Bitton on Wednesday night and stole many thousands of pounds worth of specialist parts.

“Although a lot of our assets are protected with SmartWater forensic tagging, unfortunately these items weren’t included,” the railway said in a statement.

“A number of the items are easy enough to replace, albeit expensive. Other items on the list are difficult or impossible to replace.”

Items stolen included a South African chime steam whistle; a Gresham & Craven vertical injector and water valve; a Gresham & Craven backhead injector; a new copper main steam pipe, three British Rail (BR) Class 08 push-button whistle valves; several BR standard washout plugs of various sizes; gauge glass fittings and valves; and BR Mark 1 steam heat traps.

Other items included coupling rod brasses of various sizes and a large quantity of brass and bronze billets and off-cuts.

If anyone heard or saw anything or becomes aware of a quantity of these items appearing somewhere, they are asked to contact the police.

The Avon & Somerset crime reference number is RAC-4RQKN.

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