It is with incredible sadness that we have to write this, however on Monday 23rd January the site was maliciously attacked by mindless vandalism, causing not only damage to the Midland Railway – Butterley, but also our partner organisations.
Fortunately, a local dog walker heard the noise of breaking glass and alerted the police. However substantial damage was already done to various areas on site, including to recently restored Butterley signal box, memorial benches, railway vehicles, Butterley Station windows, Butterley Buffet windows and our works van.
The railway had suffered previous bouts of vandalism in the past and has since increased security, including CCTV, which captured clear footage the perpetrators. This has been passed on to Derbyshire Constabulary to assist with their investigation.
As a volunteer lead charity, the railway now must spend money and time putting this damage right, rather than spending its funds and time on making improvements for our volunteers and visitors.
Our dedicated volunteers give up their time and own expense to restore and maintain the railway to secure for future generations, so it is heart-breaking that a few individuals feel that is acceptable to do this.
Although we know times are hard for everyone at the moment, we are asking for donations to increase onsite security, building repairs and replacement of the works van.
Any donations are greatly appreciated.