Hull firm completes £4m carriage stable for steam railway

A £4m carriage stable has been completed for popular steam heritage attraction, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), by Hull company Hobson & Porter.

The five-track carriage shed, which will allow up to 40 carriages to be housed, serviced and cleaned under cover, for the first time, is one of the key projects in the railway’s £10 million Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) Appeal.

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Hull construction firm Hobson & Porter was chosen to carry out the project, close to Pickering Station, following the building of a new road access bridge to the site to allow for the main development work to take place.

The huge single-storey stable features a cantilevered roof and one of the tracks has a pit along its whole length to facilitate fitness-to-run inspections and brake block changing.



Hobson & Porter is building the new carriage stable for North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Hobson & Porter during building of the new carriage stable for North Yorkshire Moors Railway

It is one of six planned projects, including a new education coach at Goathland, aimed at helping to deliver one of the charity’s key objectives of improving interpretation and education facilities on the railway.

The coach will bring to life the story of the railway through the people that worked it; it is due to be operational by April 2022.

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John Bailey, NYMR trust chairman, said: “Fifty years ago our founders had the vision and determination to reopen the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

“Today we face challenges of a similar magnitude. We share their vision and determination, manifest through these projects that make up Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey. They mean that 50 years hence, people will still be learning from and enjoying the experience of steam across the Moors.”



The completed carriage stable
The completed carriage stable

The YMJ Appeal, designed to transform the railway and secure its future, is funded by grants from the European Union, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Department of Environment Farming and Rural Affairs, the Local Enterprise Partnership and by donations from the charity’s members and supporters.

Lineside conservation work and the conversion of four carriages to provide “fuss-free”, easier access, are other projects in progress while, in February 2022, the YMJ funding will also enable the renewal and reconstruction of bridges at Goathland Station that are crucial to the railway’s ongoing operation.