Vandals destroy Bo’ness and Kinneil model railway

The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway has suffered an arson and burglary attack, destroying an ‘O’ gauge model railway early on Sunday May 19. 

Two carriages at the heritage railway site were broken into. The two vehicles dating from 1923 and 1937 respectively housed a model railway built by members of the Bo’ness Gauge ‘O’ Group.

Much of the layout and rolling stock in the storage yard coach was extensively damaged in the attack and several items are also believed to have been stolen. Police say the fire, which also caused smoke damage to the public viewing coach, was started deliberately. Fire crews attended and extinguished the fire at the scene on Sunday morning.

Police are looking for two suspects who they believe are involved.

Chris McDonald Chairman of the Bo’ness Gauge ‘O’ Group said: “Most of our model railway is hand made from scratch and it is deeply saddening to see how the pointless theft and vandalism by two individuals can destroy what brings joy to so many thousands of our visitors every year."

A Just Giving page has been opened to help support the group in rebuilding and repairing the damage.

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