A huge section of track has been stolen from a beloved miniature railway in Bolton.

Damage to the Moss Bank Park family attraction is estimated at £20,000, reports the BBC.

Volunteers who run the Bolton Miniature Railway believe it has been targeted because of the valuable aluminum used in the metal tracks.

It only reopened to the public two months ago after volunteers worked during the pandemic to restore it.

Tracey Stirling of the Moss Bank Park Model Engineering Society told the BBC: “It’s soul destroying. They took the majority of the trail.

“There has always been a railway in Moss Bank Park, but no one has ever destroyed the tracks.

“We can’t just fix – we’ll have to start from scratch.”

The Moss Bank Park Miniature Railway when operational

On the miniature railway Facebook page someone wrote: ‘Last weekend I was driving the train at Mossbank Park we had around 300 happy passengers this week nothing and why because around 98% of the track has been stolen, if anyone knows anything we need your help, it will take months to fix it.

“A BIG SORRY TO ALL THE DISAPPOINTED CHILDREN.”

Another said: “Such a shock and so overwhelming. Unfortunately, these are the days we live in.

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Someone else wrote: ‘Absolutely disgusted to hear about the scumbags pinching the track, I know how much work has gone into getting this up and running.’

Greater Manchester Police said investigations were ongoing and asked anyone with information to get in touch.

The Moss Bank Park Miniature Railway is now accepting donations here.

The featured image: Facebook, Moss Bank Park Miniature Railway