North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Education and Archive Centre

Introduction

Yorkshire Forward funding has contributed towards building a dual purpose education and archive centre to allow North Yorkshire Moors Railway's (NYMR) education programme to be developed and to provide a purpose-built archive facility for numerous, and historically important, documents and publications.

Summary

The new Education and Archive centre, built behind a wall on Platform 2 now allows NYMR to run their education programme from purpose-built facilities. Schools will be offered a curriculum based educational programme based upon the themes of how steam engines work, Victorian Railways, Wartime Evacuation Experience, the history of rail transport, how signal systems work and rail architecture. This centre is also available for conferences and meetings when not being used for educational purposes.

The archive centre replaces various ad-hoc storage arrangements and allows for the historically important documents to be stored in a temperature controlled environment. The new filing system also makes it much easier for archivists, researchers and the general public to access the documents.

In addition Yorkshire Forward’s RMT programme has also invested in a new restoration shed at the station allowing for year-round repairs and restorations to be carried out. Previously all work was carried out outside and the new facility will have a considerable impact on the time it takes to have a carriage or train in use.

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