The replacement of two railway bridges near Goathland is underway
The work is part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s largest ever winter construction program to replace the 150-year-old bridges.
Railroad’s civil engineering director Tim Bruce says prep is underway before heavy work begins later this month.
Bridges 24 and 25 near Goathland will be excavated with a crane before the new replacement is lifted in early next month.
Tim Bruce says the bridges have reached the point where they need to be replaced.
The bridges are being replaced with more modern structures that look very similar to the bridges they are replacing in order to preserve the appeal of the railroad heritage.
Tim Bruce says that while the work location is a bit remote, it will be possible to see some of the activity when the big crane is on site later in the month.
The £ 1.26 million rebuilding work is just part of NYMR’s Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey, a £ 10 million project to ensure future generations can enjoy the 180-year-old railroad. This was made possible by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the European Union, NYMR’s Local Enterprise Partnership and donations from many supporters.
The railway normally does most of its major maintenance and modernization work in the winter months when the tourist services are not in operation. Tim says this particular work program is essential to keep the track running.