The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that they are in the final stages of their Retention Tank Project to improve the railway.
In partnership with Network Rail, which is also funding the £1 million project, NYMR will shortly have 13 carriages from their fleet fitted with Controlled Emission Toilets (CET).
This system will mean the waste from toilets will be sorted onboard and pumped out at a specially designed station, to be built at Grosmont instead of directly onto the track.
It takes two weeks per carriage to install the tanks and associated equipment. Much design work has been carried out to ensure the heritage of each carriage is not decreased.
Covid-19 has caused the heritage line to close until government advice changes, but they will hopefully reopen within the next few months.
Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR commented: “Fortunately due the pandemic we were able to bring this originally external funded project in house which has ultimately maintained a constant stream of work for our Carriage Fitters and allowed us to get ahead of the curve in ending what is an unpleasant practice.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from Network Rail which is helping us to build a more sustainable railway for the future and it’s further proof of the work we’re doing to preserve the past and protect the future.”
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