Duke’s Royal seal for station’s renovation

A ROYAL visit will today signal completion of the transformation of one of the stations on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester will officially mark the successful completion of the restoration of Pickering station this morning.

The Train of Thought project was supported by just under £1million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It has included a new learning centre, which also houses the archives, a visitor centre and the award-winning construction of the re-instated roof of Pickering Station.

The Duke will be arriving by train at 11am with The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Commodore Paul Sutermeister, Chairman of the Trust Murray Brown and NYMR General Manager Philip Benham.

He will be welcomed by a reception of dignitaries.

The Royal guest will tour the newly-built Reussner Learning centre, home of the Railway’s historical archives and centre of education activities, the recently completed visitor centre, and the picnic area on platform two.

The Duke will then be asked to unveil a ceremonial plaque marking the completion of the station’s renovations.

The visiting dignitaries include The High Sheriff, Alexandra Holford; Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council Councillor John Fort; Ryedale Council Chairman Councillor Steve Arnold; Pickering Town Council Mayor Councillor Joan Lovejoy; Ken Wyatt, Committee Member for Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber. Representing the railway will be the Chairman of North Yorkshire Moors Railway Enterprises Plc, Neal Clarke and Company Secretary of North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd and restoration co-ordinator Bryan Draper.