North Yorks line scoops £4.6million lottery grant

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) £9.2million Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) sustainability project has been boosted by a grant of half the total sum – £4.6million – from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The YMJ project is centred on securing the future of the 180-year-old route by investing in its infrastructure, repairing and replacing bridges, and keeping its rolling stock in tip-top condition.

The NYMR’s newly overhauled Southern ‘Schools’ No. 926 Repton works its inaugural solo timetabled passenger working, the 11.30 Grosmont-Pickering, through Beckhole on August 15. The Maunsell 4-4-0 will need to undertake a 45mph test run to Battersby before being passed fit for the Whitby services. JOHN HUNT

The NYMR already spends around £1m every year on keeping the railway running, but age is starting to catch up in places and there is only so much that ticket revenue can generate.

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Individual projects set to gain from the investment include the renewal and repair of the worn-out iron bridges south of Goathland station; provision of a wheelchair-accessible ‘fuss-free access’ carriage in every train; erection of a facility to house up to 40 carriages at Pickering; development of a new focus on caring for and managing the lineside; the creation of an education carriage at Goathland; and provision of a new volunteer hostel at Grosmont to encourage new volunteers, including families and young people.

Read more in the September issue of The RM – on sale now!

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