Historic Brechin rail carriages set on fire

The interior damge to the brake van

The interior damge to the brake van

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A HISTORIC railway run by volunteers was targeted by fire-raisers who caused up to £25,000 worth of damage to a restored 1940s brake van, police said yesterday.

The Caledonian Railway’s museum in Brechin was targeted late on Wednesday night.

A restored 1940s LMS brakevan was set on fire. Picture: Kingdom News

A restored 1940s LMS brakevan was set on fire. Picture: Kingdom News

A 1940s brake van carriage which had recently undergone an extensive restoration by volunteers was left gutted by fire.

The popular tourist attraction said the car had been “completely destroyed” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

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A spokesman for the Caledonian Railway said yesterday: “The wooden body of our recently restored 1940s LMS brake van was set on fire and has unfortunately been completely destroyed.

“This has been a huge blow to the volunteers who operate the railway and costs of the damage are estimated to be in the range of between £20,000 and £25,000.

“Details on damage to the vehicle’s underframe and the culprits behind this are still being collected and we would like to thank the Police and Fire and Rescue service for their assistance.

“If anyone has any information which would help our investigations, please contact us either via our Facebook page or email.”

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Dundee Museum of Transport said: “As a trust, we are extremely disappointed at the lack of respect shown towards the restoration and work that goes into the preservation of our transport heritage.

“We hope the culprits behind this abhorrent attack are caught.

“It’s stomach-churning to think we have absolute fiends in our society that would carry out such an unprovoked and pointless act.”

Craig Thomson, station manager at Kingsway East in Dundee for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fire crews were alerted to the fire at Caledonian Railway at 11:30pm.

“Two appliances from Brechin attended to find the recently renovated buffet carriage at the museum well alight.

“The buffet car was attached to other carriages on the railway line.

“Although it was extensively damaged they were able to prevent the rest of the carriages being badly damaged.”

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”

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