The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has officially opened its Â£ 4million transport stable in Pickering and the Volunteer Development Center in Stape.
The official opening saw VIP guests such as Professor David Stocker, Trustee of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and David Renwick, North Regional Manager of the Fund, alongside staff, trustees, donors and volunteers from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). Both projects are key elements of NYMR’s Â£ 10million Magnificent Journey (YMJ) appeal.
Guests were treated to a tour of the Car Care Facility and Volunteer Center and had the chance to see the iconic Tornado steam locomotive.
The wagon stable is a five-track, single-story structure with a cantilevered roof and can house up to 40 historic railroad cars and will perform vital maintenance and cleaning tasks. under cover. The transport stable will be fully utilized in 2022.
Funding from Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey Appeal enabled NYMR to completely redevelop the old Stape School by transforming it into “The Outstation”, which is the railway’s newest volunteer development and outreach center.
The Outstation offers a fully-equipped 20-seat facility allowing NYMR to deliver unmatched levels of engagement and experiences to a new, non-traditional audience. The hub is intended to accommodate a more diverse range of people from larger communities, giving them the chance to experience the pleasures and benefits of volunteering on a heritage railway.
The YMJ appeal has enabled a transformation of the railway that will secure its future thanks to grants from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Partnership for Local Businesses and donations from members and sympathizers of the association.
The Carriage Stable and the Volunteer Development Hub are just two of the YMJ’s six major projects, others include a new pedagogical trainer in Goathland, the continuation of conservation at the edge of the line, the renewal and replacement of three bridges in iron in Goathland and the retention of four cars to create “hassle-free access, modified seats for wheelchair users and accessible washrooms on each of the car sets.”
This winter will see the next part of the YMJ project which is the renewal of Bridges 24 and 25 at Goathland Station which is vital for the continued operation of the railway.
John Bailey, Chairman of the NYMR Trust, said: “The transport stable and the new volunteer center are great examples of the main goals of Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey – that, in 50 years, people will continue to learn and enjoy the NYMR and the travel experience at steam through the Moors. “
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