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Downpatrick and County Down Railway heritage line vandals could have derailed vintage steam train

By Cate McCurry

Published 04/05/2016

Saboteurs could have derailed a train after a metal bar was discovered wedged in a heritage railway line, it has been claimed
Saboteurs could have derailed a train after a metal bar was discovered wedged in a heritage railway line, it has been claimed

Saboteurs could have derailed a train after a metal bar was discovered wedged in a heritage railway line, it has been claimed.

The Downpatrick and County Down Railway is the only full-size heritage line in Ireland.

Robert Gardiner, vice chairman of the railway, said the bar was wedged in such a way that the points on the line were not engaged “which could, in a worst case scenario, lead to a derailment”.

“This sabotage was discovered prior to any trains running and remedied immediately. There was no risk to either train crew or members of the public at any time,” he added.

A PSNI spokesman appealed for parents to be aware of where their children are and urged young people to stay off the track.

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