NORTH YORK­SHIRE MOORS NETS £4.6 MIL­LION FROM HERITAGE LOT­TERY FUND

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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.

BARRY MARTIN

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.

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