North Yorkshire Moors Railway gets an electrical upgrade!

In 2017 the railway celebrates 50 years since the formation of the Charitable Trust (1967 - 2017)* and to add a spark to this anniversary year, Schneider Electric, Yorkshire have donated thousands of pounds’ worth of electrical equipment to the charity before the 2017 season starts.

Schneider Electric specialise in electrical distribution, industrial control and automation products, systems and services. Schneider Electric’s main objectives as a company is to provide systems and products to help people use electricity safely, efficiently and in ways that conserve energy and other natural resources.

Danny Carey, Customer Project Manager at Schneider Electric, said “A member of the Schneider Electric team volunteers at Goathland Station and spoke in high regards of the heritage railway and the great work the charitable trust carries out. The team at Schneider Electric were happy to help the railway by providing much-needed electrical equipment for Goathland Station”.

Annually the railway carries over 350,000 passengers, many of which know it as an award-winning visitor attraction, but not as a not-for-profit charity. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway Trust is run as part of the local community, with the day to day operation carried out by volunteers with a wealth of railway and business experience. Every visitor that travels on the railway helps to preserve its heritage locomotives, coaches and infrastructure making it one of the world's greatest railway experiences.

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “Goathland Station was in real need of an electrical upgrade and with Schneider Electric’s generosity this has enabled the charity to do this. The railway is the most popular heritage line in the UK and because of the scale of the visitor attraction maintenance costs are huge, so every donation helps”.

Goathland Station known as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film and featured as Aidensfield in the ITV programme Heartbeat, is one of the four stations which forms the visitor attraction. Goathland Station has its very own gift shop, and has a tea room which is in a converted 1922 style goods shed.

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*1967 was the formation of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation society which then became the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Trust Ltd.