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Telford Steam Railway launches fundraising appeal to replace train windows smashed by yobs

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Telford Steam Railway has launched a fundraising appeal towards the cost of replacing 18 train windows smashed by vandals.

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The trust behind the preservation railway has set up a web crowd funding page that collected £200 in donations less than 24 hours after its launch.

Railway spokesman Phil Neal said: "Fortunately none of the trains that we were using over the Easter weekend were among the stock vandalised. We have now set up a crowd funding page overnight to help cover the cost of the repairs.

"We have had a really good weekend. A significantly higher number of visitors came than last year. We also only have 30 per cent of tickets for the Polar Express rides left."

West Mercia Police confirmed that officers were called to reports of damage at the site at about 9pm on April 12 and said investigations were ongoing.

Among the damaged locomotives was a 1952 engine where bricks and a large track screw were used to smash the windows that will cost in the region of £300 each to replace. Engine oil stored on board was also poured over the steps.

To donate to the fund visit crowdfunder.co.uk/telford-steam-railway-vandalism-repairs

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