A GRAFFITI attack has left the Don River Railway with a big bill and put a train out of action for a week while it is repaired.
Newly elected Don River Railway president Bill Housego said yesterday that vandals defaced a railcar overnight on Tuesday.
"It's the last thing we need because it is an added expense that we did not budget for," Mr Housego said.
"It could take the best part of $1000 to get it back to scratch.
"It is pure stupidity, as any act of vandalism is."
Mr Housego said the railway, based at Don in the North-West, relied on volunteers and had developed into one of the top operating railway preservation museums in Australia.
He said the attack was doubly bad for the railway, because the railcar was used on the popular 3.5-kilometre trip to Coles Beach and so another, more expensive locomotive had to take its place.
He said the vandalism attack did not affect the safety of the train but it was too unsightly to use. Sergeant Marco Ghedini, of Devonport police, said police were following many lines of inquiry, and defacement of property was taken seriously and investigated accordingly.
Sergeant Ghedini said anyone with information should contact Devonport police on 64217511 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.