Full steam ahead for £2.5m rail ap­peal

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN to raise £2.5m for the his­toric North York­shire Moors Rail­way is on the right track – with more than £200,000 pledged since it was launched last Oc­to­ber.

The Mag­nif­i­cent Jour­ney was launched to fund eight projects across the rail­way over the next five years, in­clud­ing re­new­ing and re­pair­ing the worn-out iron bridges around Goath­land and cre­at­ing a cov­ered sta­ble for 40 his­toric car­riages at Pick­er­ing to help in their con­ser­va­tion.

Other schemes in­clude build­ing a hos­tel at Gros­mont to en­cour­age new young and fam­ily vol­un­teers and the in­tro­duc­tion of more ac­ces­si­ble car­riages in ev­ery train.

The en­tire scheme will cost £9.2m, with al­most half pro­vided by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, lega­cies and fund­ing agen­cies rais­ing about £2.5m and the cam­paign pro­vid­ing the re­main­der.

The North York­shire Moors His­tor­i­cal Rail­way Trust’s chair­man John Bai­ley said: “We’re ex­tremely proud of how much money has al­ready been raised and we would like to say a huge thank-you to ev­ery­one who has do­nated, no mat­ter how big or small.

“The rail­way has been one of York­shire’s much loved at­trac­tions for the last five decades, with a his­tory of cre­at­ing long-last­ing fam­ily mem­o­ries. Now, as we look to se­cure our fu­ture, these funds will be in­valu­able.”

The award-win­ning rail­way, which steams across the North York Moors from Pick­er­ing to Whitby, car­ries more than 350,000 pas­sen­gers ev­ery year.

The car­riage fleet has ap­peared in Down­ton Abbey, Harry Pot­ter films and the new film Phan­tom Thread, with Daniel Day Lewis.

More than 17,500 school chil­dren have vis­ited the rail­way in the past five years since the learn­ing cen­tre was built at Pick­er­ing in 2011.

Part of the fundrais­ing plan in­cludes build­ing a new fa­cil­ity at Goath­land, which would in­crease the ed­u­ca­tional of­fer­ings to a fur­ther 6,000 chil­dren.

The In­ter­pre­ta­tion and Learn­ing Cen­tre will be based in a ded­i­cated ed­u­ca­tion car­riage at the sta­tion. The fundrais­ing cam­paign also marks the 50th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the North York­shire Moors Rail­way Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety.

Do­nate to the ap­peal on­line at www.nymr.co.uk.

TREA­SURED HER­ITAGE: More than £200,000 has al­ready been pledged to­wards the North York­shire Moors Rail­way’s Mag­nif­i­cent Jour­ney fundrais­ing cam­paign.

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