By Roger Melton
BRITAIN’S most popular heritage line, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, has been awarded £4.6 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The award was announced days after the line was left reeling by a vandal attack on its showpiece LNER teak train (see separate story, News, page 24).
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The grant covers a range of individual projects. However, the Stage 1 pass has been awarded on the proviso that the railway finds an equivalent amount in matched funding.
Although the NYMR has much detailed work ahead while preparing a range of supporting documentation, nonetheless the money has been awarded and allocated pending the meeting of various criteria.
Work is expected to begin in around a year’s time, assuming that Stage 2 approval is granted and the entire project is expected to take around five years to bring to completion.
Carriage storage shed
Projects covered by the Lottery application include a new carriage storage shed, and repairs to three bridges at Goathland. The deteriorating condition of two of these three bridges posed as much of a threat to the continued operation of the NYMR as did Bridge 30, replaced a few years ago, while the third provides road access to Goathland station.
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