Classic train carriages used in ‘Downton Abbey’ have been ruined by vandals

Heritage railway carriages used for filming Downton Abbey were heavily damaged by vandals at the weekend.

Thousands of pounds of damage was made to eight teak carriages, which date from 1930 to 1950, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering, England.

The carriages had their windows smashed, with damage also done to furniture and fixings inside and fire extinguishers set off.

The railways’ general manager, Chris Price commented: “We were absolutely devastated to discover that the carriages had been damaged overnight, obviously all the staff and volunteers are extremely upset. I doubt very much that the set will run again in the 2017 season.”

The attack is being investigated by North Yorkshire Police, who believe the incident took place between 10pm on Saturday night and 7am on Sunday morning.

Inspector Martin Dennison said: “What has been a busy and enjoyable weekend for all those involved in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, has now been overshadowed by this mindless act of vandalism. There is understandably a feeling of anger and outrage amongst the community and police are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

The carriages have also been used in Dad’s Army.