British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating the theft of rail track from the line in Tickhill.
Officers believe over three quarters of a mile of track was taken in the two weeks leading up to Christmas from the Harworth Collieries branch rail line, close to Crooked Lane Head.
Detective Constable Ian Grice, of BTP’s dedicated cable team Operation Drum, said the theft was discovered at 10am, on Sunday 26th December when a member of rail staff who checked the area noticed the missing rail.
“The line was checked two weeks prior to the incident and the rail was in place,” he said.
“After the discovery, officers attended the scene and found that 1,400 yards of rail weighing around 70 tonnes had been taken from the area.”
“This attack on the rail line shows how determined some people are even during the festive period to steal from the railway property.”
“We are currently conducting local enquiries into the incident including forensic analysis to track down those responsible.”
It is thought that a vehicle was used by the thieves to access the line and load the rail onto as tyre marks were found at the scene.
DC Grice added: “It is vital that anyone with any information about the incident contacts police as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B8/NEA of 10/01/11 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.