Rail fans devastated after bricks stolen
RAILWAY fans have been left devastated after thousands of priceless rare bricks set to be used to recreate a historic station were stolen.
The 19th century handmade bricks were taken during a targeted raid on Railworld, in River Lane, Peterborough, between 7pm on June 15 and 8am the following day.
Raiders used metal cutters to slice through chains on the heavy gates, before loading the bricks into a van or a small lorry.
The bricks came from Bardney Train Station in Lincolnshire and were donated to the charity-run transport museum after the station’s closure.
Worth around £1 each, they were to be used to rebuild a section of the old train station as a new feature at Railworld.
Railworld manager John Turner said: “We had 92 pallets of the bricks and you can clearly see thousands have been taken.
“We’re devastated because these bricks were put in our care. They are priceless items. Someone must know something about it.”
Lynne Goforth, co-owner of Bardney Heritage Centre, said just a couple of years ago the red and cream bricks were selling for £1, but now could be worth more.
The station closed in 1981, before being torn down brick-by-brick. The bricks, which are 162-years-old, were then given to Railworld in the early 1990s.
Mrs Goforth said: “A couple of guys from Railworld came and showed us a plan of what they wanted to do with the bricks. This is gutting.”
Police believe the thieves may have taken the bricks to sell them on and are appealing to anyone undertaking restoration projects to look out for them.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson said: “This was a carefully planned and targeted theft of very unusual items and it’s possible that these items were stolen to order.
“If you are offered similar items for sale in unusual circumstances please contact police.”
Call police on 0345 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
DEVASTATED: Railworld manager John Turner on the site, where thousands of 19th century bricks were stolen during a targeted raid. (METP-18-06-10PF042)
HISTORy: An old photograph of Bardney station, which was demolished and the bricks sent to Railworld for safekeeping.