Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mindless vandalism

In contrast to the goodwill shown at Euston over Christmas comes this appalling act of vandalism

Vandals trash carriages of the Flying Scotsman and daub 'Banksy' on one coach in graffiti spree at train station

  • They struck over the festive period while the historic train was in Kidderminster
  • Both carriages have now been meticulously restored by unpaid volunteers
  • The thoughtless attack comes just a year after a decade-long, £4.2M restoration

Graffiti vandals have trashed two carriages of the historic Flying Scotsman train on the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire.
They struck over the festive period daubing a crude 'Banksy' on one carriage and spraying another with garish green and pink graffiti.
The official Severn Valley Railway, based in Kidderminster, posted on Boxing Day: 'Not something we wanted to wake up to.
'In the last 48 hours, vandals have attacked some of our historic carriages at Kidderminster with graffiti.

Graffiti vandals trashed two carriages of the historic Flying Scotsman train on the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire
They struck over the festive period daubing a crude 'Banksy' on one carriage and spraying another with graffiti

They struck over the festive period daubing a crude 'Banksy' on one carriage and spraying another with graffiti
'In light of this, some of our trains will be shorter than planned as the affected carriages will be removed from service. 
'We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
'We are extremely saddened by this turn of events, especially in the season of goodwill. 
The carriages have now both been meticulously restored by volunteers.
The official Severn Valley Railway, based in Kidderminster, posted on Boxing Day: 'Not something we wanted to wake up to...in the last 48 hours, vandals have attacked some of our historic carriages at Kidderminster with graffiti'
The thoughtless attack comes just a year after a decade-long, £4.2million restoration of the train was completed
'But, in true Severn Valley Railway spirit, we will continue with smiles on our faces and ensure the much-loved and painstakingly-restored vehicles are returned to service as quickly as possible for our passengers to enjoy.'


The historic railway runs between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire - a distance of approximately sixteen miles.
The railway is largely run by unpaid volunteers who repair and repaint stations. An investigation has been launched into the incident
The railway is largely run by unpaid volunteers who repair and repaint stations, reconstruct viaducts and bridges and rebuild locomotives and rolling stock, as well as operate the trains.


The Flying Scotsman, also known as LNER Class A3 4472, was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway at Doncaster Works to Sir Nigel Gresley's designs. 
It is regarded as a masterclass in design but by 1963 steam trains had become old-fashioned and having covered two million miles British Railways retired it from service.


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