This weekend marks the start of the daily running season for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
For those visitors coming to Pickering station, they will find that all the usual facilities will be open, including the tearoom, shop and booking office.
But because work on the station roof has not yet been completed, trains will be unable to access the covered area. Services will instead pull up on the northern half of the platforms where passengers will climb aboard or exit the carriages.
This temporary arrangement is not expected to last long, as work continues apace on the £500,000 scheme to restore the main station roof.
The work won’t affect the planned timetable, which starts on Saturday 26 March and runs until 30 October 2011.
The station roof is being built to the designs of the original structure which was installed in the middle of the 19th century but removed by British Rail in 1951 and replaced by canopies.
Delays have crept into the roof project after the wrong paint was used and steel girders had to be removed and replaced with the right kind of paint.
Hopes are high that the main station roof project will be completed in two weeks’ time and certainly before the main Easter holidays.
In the meantime the public have been given a last chance to sponsor a slate on the new roof, which has so far raised £23,000 towards the total cost of £50,000.
The works suffered a delay at the latter end of 2010 due to paintwork to the new steelwork not meeting specification. This has now been resolved and works are now on schedule to be substantially complete by March 24th to enable the summer timetable to commence. The Platform awnings which were installed in 1952 were removed in early January and following this installation of the roof trusses commenced. The steelwork to the overall roof is now substantially complete and a crash deck is being installed which will enable the transverse tongued and grooved boarding to be affixed to the trusses. Work is now progressing at a pace and will include weekend working. Other work currently underway is the paving of the Picnic Area and the former Church Fenton roof columns are in the North-East being shot blasted and having minor repairs effected.
Would you like to have your name inscribed for posterity on the back of a Broad Countess?
The final stage of our ‘Train of Thought’ project, involving the restoration of the roof over Pickering Station, will give you the opportunity to do just that!
Please give generously to support this worthwhile cause.
During the winter of 2010/2011 a replica of the roof that was once over Pickering Station will be constructed. It’s quite a task and will follow the original plans of the architect, GT Andrews, who was responsible for many of the station roofs in the area, including Whitby and Beverley.
The original roof was completed in 1847, when the York & North Midland Railway built their new station at Pickering to replace the one that had served the horse drawn line from 1836. The roof design was based on that used by Robert Stephenson in the original London and Birmingham Euston terminus. Subsequently this type of light wrought iron roof construction was known as Euston Truss. The station roof was removed by British Rail in 1952 due to serious corrosion to the wrought iron members and decaying roof coverings.
Putting the roof back on the station helps to recreate the past. It also helps to give added protection to the fabric of the building so that it will last longer for generations to come.
8,700 slates needed
It will require 8,700 natural Welsh slates 500mm x 300mm in heather blue, to cover the 264 square metres of roof. They will be sourced from the Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda.
There is actually some history to Penrhyn Quarry. From 1780 onwards this developed rapidly to become the largest slate mine in the United Kingdom and probably the world.
As the quarry evolved and the various sizes of slate were standardised, they were given aristocratic female names. No doubt influenced by the English gentry, who were bosses of the mine at that time. The names given to the slates ranged from “Empress” (26 inches x 16 inches) to “Narrow Lady” (14 inches x 7 inches). The slates to be used for the roof of Pickering Station are known as “Broad Countess” (12 inches x 20 inches).
Sponsor a slate
Help to fund this vital project by sponsoring a slate at £5 each.
In return, we will inscribe your name, or the name of someone else you choose to nominate, on the back of the slate. You will also receive a certificate confirming sponsorship.
A Yorkshire-based company has stepped in to help showcase the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the big wide world.
Hull-based Solwise Ltd, has generously donated an IP security camera at Pickering Station, to allow internet users to see real-time images of the station, including the work on Platform 2, where a new £1.7m ‘Train of Thought’ Visitor and Education Centre is being built.
The ‘Train of Thought’ project will result in a new two-storey building to the rear of Platform 2, which will include a reception area, classroom, archive and interpretation zone, complemented by a picnic area. The project was successful in attracting £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the costs.
When complete, in two years time, it will open up new opportunities for the Moors Railway, particularly in developing its educational work with schools and community groups.
Louise Barrett, Business Development Executive, said “We are pleased to help the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in keeping adults and children better informed and engaged in this important project. Once the visitor and education centre is open, we hope the Railway can make use of the camera in other ways, to help continue public interest in what is undoubtedly an outstanding attraction and a vital piece of the nation’s heritage.”
Murray Brown, Chairman of the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd, said “The Railway is extremely thankful for this generous offer. It really does create a window to the world, and I hope that many browsers of the internet will see it as an added feature in our growing appeal as a heritage railway, registered museum and tourist attraction.”
Solwise Ltd was founded in 1991 and has built up a strong business in the telecoms and computer product marketplace, providing high quality home networking solutions, including wide area WiFi, ADSL, VoIP, Digital Media and HomePlug adapters.
We are delighted to welcome you to the Train of Thought web site. We are constructing an education centre, overall roof and signalbox at Pickering Station.
Visit the Gallery to see how we are getting on, the About section to learn more about the project, and finally, if you would like to donate visit the donation page.