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A popular tourist attraction on the Bellarine Peninsula has been targeted by vandals.
This week the unknown offenders broke into a locked storage shed in Point Lonsdale which was holding the Q Train and graffitied two train carriages.
Q Train CEO Marie-Claire Trotter is devastated by the news, which comes less than three weeks after they suspended all services and stood down all staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We've got no income coming in, we've got no one working. It has just been heartbreaking as a family business to say goodbye to all our staff temporarily and then to have this happen as a further cost is just unimaginable," she said.
It is not the first time the train has been targeted.
"This is the fourth time in four months that we've been attacked. Each time it costs us about $10,000 a carriage to fix. So on top of everything else this is heartbreaking," Ms Trotter said.
Bellarine Police are investigating the incident, which they say occurred at the Bellarine Highway shed between Tuesday and Thursday.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
The Q Train is a travelling restaurant which showcases local food, wine, beer and cider while travelling from the historic Drysdale Railway Station to Queenscliff, before returning to Drysdale in a four hour round trip.
This article first appeared on www.bay939.com.au
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