NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS NETS £4.6 MILLION FROM HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has been awarded £4.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards the line’s £9.2 million ‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’ sustainability project, which aims to secure the future of the Pickering-Grosmont line by investing in its infrastructure for the next 50 years. Such investment includes a £4.16 million carriage shed at Pickering, capable of storing up to 40 vehicles, reducing decay and increasing security - a problem highlighted by recent vandal attacks on July 22/23, which damaged the NYMR’s eight-coach teak set (SR470). Other projects include spending approximately £2.67 million on repairing the worn-out iron bridges around Goathland, building a new volunteer hostel at Grosmont and initiating an apprenticeship programme. The news comes just two months after the railway had been given Stage 1 approval for its HLF bid (see SR469). To deliver the investment programme, the NYMR must raise matching funds of £4.6m. In addition to bequests and anticipated further grants, the NYMR will have to raise approximately £2.5m from members and the public over the next five years.
With the lNeR teak set back in service following the recent vandal attacks, NyMR resident BR standard ‘4Mt’ No. 80136 pulls into levisham on august 9.