TEN more coaches on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway will now be protected from the elements following the completion of a £37,000 new instant carriage shed.
The 164ft long storage facility, which adjoins the line’s 20-year-old sheds, was designed and built by Spanlite UK Ltd in just 10 days from start to finish.
The modern portal frame construction uses formed galvanised structural sections to build the supporting frame work. Cladding is industry standard Tata plasticol coated formed steel sheet. The building is key addition to the railway’s carriage restoration initiative.
A railway spokesman said: “This ongoing project recognises that no longer will ‘steam age’ rolling stock be cascaded from Train Operating Companies. Therefore, the heritage railway industry needs to conserve what we have, while putting our Mk.1 fleet through a rebuild programme.
“At the Embsay engineering workshop, completed 10 years ago, this involves rebuilt ends, overhauled coupling gear and corridor connections, and underneath, replacement pipework for brakes and heating. bogies overhauled with all brake links, pins, cylinders and wheels turned.
Virtually all of this work is being carried out by our growing carriage and wagon team.
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