Home owners are being urged to secure large outdoor items after two trampolines were blown on to train tracks by Storm Eleanor.
The trampolines were discovered by train crews near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Tuesday night.
Mark Killick, the chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: ‘It is incredible to think that a trampoline could fly through the air on to the railway but here we have not one but two at the same location.
‘This is an ongoing problem for us which poses an obvious safety hazard and inconvenience to passengers.
‘We would appeal to people living by the railway to ensure items such as trampolines, gazebos, marquees and tents are tethered so they don’t end up on the railway during high winds.’
Other trampolines were also caught in the high winds too, with photos posted on social media showing the battered garden equipment after it was tossed in the air.
One user described how a trampoline bought as a Christmas present for her son was taken by the wind despite being ‘held down by all sorts of equipment’.
‘Devastating scenes! Brand new 12ft trampoline flew over our 10ft gate. Completely destroyed and took 10 neighbours to get it back into our garden!
‘While bringing it back in it was lifting us all off the ground with it! Stay safe folks, just glad no one got hurt.’
i must go, my planet needs me pic.twitter.com/GujTFlSA5K
— Cates Holderness (@catesish) August 8, 2017
Similar scenes were witnessed during Storm Doris in February last year, when Network Rail reported that it had to remove a number of items from the railway – including trampolines, garden sheds and a child’s pop up tent.