5428 Eric Treacy departs Levisham on the 16.00pm Pickering to Grosmont

Major lottery award for North Yorkshire Moors

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) £9.7million Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) project has been successful in its bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support.

The HLF cash award of £4.436m is one of the largest awarded to a preserved railway, and will allow the NYMR to start work on the various strands of a five-year YMJ scheme this spring, helping to safeguard the future of the railway.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s ‘Black Five’ No. 5428 Eric Treacy departs Levisham with the 16.00 Pickering-Grosmont service on May 3. RICHARD GENNIS

The railway has received an additional £1.75m from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ Rural Payments Agency, and a £500,000 contribution from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. In total this represents almost £6.7m in external grant aid.

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Since the launch of the YMJ project in the autumn of 2017, public donations and legacies have generated a further £2.2m, leaving slightly more than £1m to be raised over the next five years to complete project funding. 

Read more in the June 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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