From the Great Central Railway at Loughborough
In between the hours of 11.30pm and 3.30am last Friday, 1st July, a storage container at the locomotive repair facility of the Great Central Railway, Warners Way, Loughborough was broken into.
A representative of the railway has made an initial estimation that the theft of copper piping, steam boiler valves and fittings, expansion link to name a few has a replacement value of up to £50,000.00.
Most of the parts are for the locomotive, Boscastle, owned by Boscastle Locomotive Ltd which is currently undergoing a major restoration in the workshops of the Great Central Railway and have little value as scrap metal. The restoration of steam locomotives requires most of the parts to be manufactured for that restoration requiring highly skilled engineers to carry out the works.
The team carrying out the restoration are devastated with the theft after all the long hours they have put in manufacturing the parts. The police have attended the site and we are currently awaiting any information from them.
If anyone has any information, we are hoping to be able to offer a reward for any information that will help us to catch the thieves and retrieve the parts.
CONTACT: Michael Stokes
TEL. NO. 07710 934788
Crime reference number: 22000380041