Police want to speak to passengers on a citybound train which was brazenly tagged by vandals in broad daylight between Granville and Harris Park on Saturday.
Shortly after 5pm, three males approached a T1 western line train and began tagging its exterior with graffiti, causing a 10-minute delay.
One passenger, Bambul Shakibaei, shot a four-minute video uploaded to YouTube, which shows the offenders wearing hoodies and covering their faces while commuters watched from inside.
‘‘It’s as though they were wearing balaclavas effectively, you can’t even see their noses,’’ Mr Shakibaei told the Sun. ‘‘They clearly knew what they were doing was wrong.
‘‘They looked young, I wouldn’t be able to tell if they’re in their teens or 20s or 30s.’’
Mr Shakibaei, 30, who was on his way back to Randwick after visiting family at Baulkham Hills, said the incident caused him to miss his connecting bus home.
‘‘They had no regard for the passengers and for the fact that they would be delayed,’’ he said. ‘‘They didn’t care about the consequences for anyone else. They made no friends with any of the passengers on board.’’
Mr Shakibaei said it was unclear whether the vandals stopped the train by standing on the tracks or whether they started tagging after it had stopped.
About three minutes into the video, a bang is heard, which Mr Shakibaei said was a rock thrown by one offender at the train’s window after a passenger gave him the finger. Later, the footage reveals one of the men painting ‘‘f** u’’ on the window.
Rosehill crime manager Detective Inspector Neil Hallinan told the Sun the attack was "brazen" and that thrillseekers were risking their lives by crossing train tracks to tag trains.
‘‘Obviously it’s a risk to your life and at the very least, your limbs,’’ Det. Insp. Hallinan said.
He said he’d heard investigators refer to suburban trains that hit people on tracks as ‘‘silent killers’’.
‘‘Unless it’s a coal train or something like that, they’re actually quite quiet.’’
Figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show there were 931 incidents of malicious damage (graffiti) recorded by NSW Police as having occurred at train stations between October 2012 and September 2013.
In the same period, there were 818 graffiti incidents recorded as having taken place inside trains, 103 at railway sidings and 56 at other railway buildings.
Police Transport Command have launched an investigation into the incident. They are appealing to anyone with information, or who may know the identities of the individuals involved, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.