The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that work has begun on Bridge 27. The works are the first in a series of vital repairs for the heritage railway and forms part of its Yorkshire’s Magnificient Journey.
The 20-metre bridge carries the 180-year-old railway over the Eller Beck at Goathland Station and is recognised as the track leading to Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movie.
The single-span bridge is being built by Cleveland Bridge at its 27,000 sqm factory in Darlington.
NYMR’s ambitious project has been made possible by grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Rural Payments Agency, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the generosity of supporters.
The NYMR still needs to raise an additional £1 million over the next three years and is appealing for further donations. If you can help, please visit www.nymr.co.uk/YMJ.
What did the officials say?
Jim Mawson, Head of Operational Delivery for Cleveland Bridge UK, said:
“We are exceptionally proud to be part of such a landmark restoration project at one of the most iconic heritage railway lines in the world. It’s really pleasing to see our contemporary production methods using modern materials so perfectly blended with the classic design of this bridge to ensure it fits seamlessly into its North Yorkshire National Park surroundings.”
John Bailey, NYMR Trust Chairman, said:
“The restoration of Bridge 27 marks the beginning of our exciting plans to preserve the railway’s historical infrastructure and assets and improve visitor services and experiences for future generations to come.
“Everyone at the railway would like to thank the grant funding agencies and our generous donors who’ve made it possible. These are exciting times for everyone who cares for the railway, our visitors, supporters, staff and volunteers. This is the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken and will build on our successful growth in recent years, so we can all achieve even more in the future.”
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