Improvement works will not affect locomotive services from York

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Fears that steam locomotives will not run to or from the National Railway Museum in York due to upgrade work are unfounded, officials say.

Rumors had circulated that work to create better facilities for inspecting and refueling locomotives would mean that heritage trains would be barred from using the station.

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However, a National Railway Museum spokesperson today confirmed that although work is underway to improve the inspection pit, locomotives will still be able to use the museum’s facilities in York.

And he said the impact of the works will have ‘minimal disruption’ to heritage services that use the East Coast Line through the station.

Conservation Team Assistant Martyn Halman prepares SECR D Class No 737 in April last year Photo: Charlotte Graham

The museum spokesperson said: “We have been in direct contact with tour operators about possible short-term disruptions to some of these facilities in the future, but this will not prevent them from having access at any time. to stables, coal and water to enable their continued operations on the East Coast.

“As part of the museum’s extensive Vision 2025 redevelopment, which will see widespread development across the site, we are creating new prep facilities.

“During construction, there will likely be an impact on access to our inspection pit, which is part of the preparation bay.

“We don’t have a confirmed date for when this is likely to happen, but we are keeping heritage tour operators informed to ensure there is minimal disruption to their operations.

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“They will still have access to stables, coal and water everywhere and we are actively working with heritage businesses to ensure we can continue to support them.

“Providing these facilities for tours to use is not integral to the museum’s mission – but improving our facilities will help support the heritage rail industry operating on the East Coast Line.”

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