The CCTV footage has been released by British Transport Police in a bid to catch the driver of the vehicle after the incident occurred just before 12.30am on June 21 at Pinxton Level Crossing in Pinxton, near Kirkby in Ashfield.
Inspector Anton Menzies said: “The car drove across the crossing then for some reason reversed back onto the tracks striking the crossing barrier as it was coming down.
“The car then reverses into the opposite barrier before coming to standstill on the tracks.
“A member of the public then lifts the barrier to allow the car to drive out.
“We have launched an investigation into this incident and are now working to identify the driver of this distinctive vehicle. I am certain that someone will recognise it, and know its driver and I would ask them to come forward.
“Both barriers were extensively damaged as a result of the incident, with costs to fix them estimated at somewhere in the region of between £6,000 and £15,000.
“However more importantly this was extremely dangerous behaviour that put the driver and the passengers in the vehicle lives at risk. They were very lucky that a train was not coming through at the time or the consequences would be unthinkable”.
And Liz Pearson, community safety manager for Network Rail said: “This mindless act at Pinxton level crossing has caused damage to the railway, something which ultimately costs train passengers, and was also incredibly dangerous. The outcome here could have been very different if a train had been approaching and I echo Inspector Menzies’s call for anyone who knows the driver of this vehicle to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting background reference MSUB/B14 of 23/7/2015. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.