The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been awarded the substantial sum of £4.6M by the National Lottery to help fund a major sustainability project.
This funding is for the NYMR's 'Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey', a £9.2M Sustainability Project aimed at securing the future of the railway for generations to come.
Keeping 18 miles of railway with more than thirty bridges through the difficult countryside of the North York Moors in top-notch condition is a continuing challenge for the NYMR Trustees. The 180-year old railway already invests around £1 million annually but there’s only so much the fare box can generate and much more is needed for the railway bridges and its 50-100 year old vehicles to remain viable.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Trust Chairman, John Bailey, said: "Fifty years ago our founders had the vision and determination to re-open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Today we face a challenge of similar scale. We are extremely grateful for the support from the National Lottery. With its backing, we can plan confidently both the implementation of essential projects and our appeal for the balance of funds required. This should ensure that fifty years hence, people will still be learning from and enjoying the experience of steam across the Moors."
The aim of the project is to boost investment in the infrastructure and the activities of the railway to help ensure that it can continue to operate successfully for the next fifty years.
To deliver the investment programme, the NYMR must raise matching funds of £4.6M. With generous member bequests and anticipation to secure more grants, the NYMR will need to raise approx £2.5M from members, passengers and the public over the next five years
For more information please visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.
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