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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