Planning for the railway's future

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. Those pioneering members would be amazed at what has been achieved in the subsequent five decades; the world’s busiest heritage steam railway providing enjoyment for the members and staff who make it work, and the public who enjoy travelling by steam train.

As many of you will know, we have talked to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and had tremendous support and encouragement from them. They understand the significance of the NYMR, and share similar objectives to our own. However the HLF’s emphasis is less on the nuts and bolts of heritage management, and more on making sure that people get the most from their heritage.

So we’ve agreed with the HLF that we will move forward with the portfolio scheme. It consists of eight separate projects that will affect every corner of the railway.The total programme will cost £9.2million and the HLF will provide nearly half of that. However that leaves us with the challenge of raising the other half.

We have received legacies worth more than £1million which get us off to a great start.We think we can raise £1.5million from other funding agencies and from NYMR year-on- year funding by dedicating some of the capital reinvestment budget over the next few years.

So that leaves £2.5million to raise over the next five years.

Project 1: Goathland Bridges Appeal
Renew and repair the worn-out iron bridges around Goathland, removing a threat to our continued operation.

Project 2: Fuss-free Access Coaches
Provide a Fuss-free access carriage in every train, with ramps, toilets and seating to easily accommodate all passengers mobility needs.

Project 3: Caring for our historic carriages
Construct a covered stable for up to 40 carriages at Pickering, reducing decay and easing maintenance of the fleet.

Project 4: Goathland Interpretation and Learning
Better serve school groups and families with a dedicated education carriage at Goathland station.

Project 5: Grosmont volunteer facilities and accommodation
Create a new volunteer hostel at Grosmont, providing decent facilities to encourage new volunteers including families and young people.

Project 6: Volunteering Development Programme
Develop initiatives to recruit new generations of volunteers to the line with the help of a dedicated Volunteer Development Officer.

Project 7: The Railway Apprenticeship Scheme
Build a railway apprenticeship scheme with training offered in Engineering, Countryside Worker and Railway Administration.

Project 8: Lineside Conservation Initiative
Place a new emphasis on the care and management of the lineside by improving the awareness of conservation issues.


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