Goathland station bridge departs Cleveland Bridge UK for installation on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

23rd January 2020

A landmark heritage railway bridge has recently been completed by Cleveland Bridge, departing the company’s Darlington factory and installed in the heart of the North Yorkshire National Park.

Forming part of the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR), the construction of the replacement Bridge 27 is the first in a series of scheduled repairs for the world-famous visitor attraction and its Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey (YMJ) project.

Carrying the 180-year-old railway over the Eller Beck at Goathland Station, the 20-metre Bridge 27 is best recognised as the iconic track leading to Hogsmeade Station, where the young wizards embarked for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movie, The Philosopher’s Stone.

As part of a full turn-key package, Cleveland Bridge is working in close collaboration with NYMR, which, in addition to the design, fabrication and installation of the new 84-tonne single span structure, includes the dismantling of the old bridge, earthworks, and pre-casting of concrete elements as well as the in-situ casting of its new deck.

Once fabricated, Cleveland Bridge engineers undertook a full trial assembly of Bridge 27 to ensure the final installation can be completed efficiently. This was particularly important in preparing engineers to operate in a small assembly area adjacent to the rail line, minimising any environmental impact on the North York Moors countryside.

Transportation of the components involved a procession of six loads via road from Cleveland Bridge’s factory to AV Dawson’s freight facility in Middlesbrough where they were transferred to rail, travelling to Goathland for the installation programme.

Jim Mawson, Head of Operational Delivery for Cleveland Bridge UK, said: “The load out forms a key element of a comprehensive design, build and installation programme for this landmark structure. We regularly utilise a blend of road and rail for the delivery of our UK projects with a tried and tested transportation strategy, which has again been successfully demonstrated on this load out.

“Working closely with our transport partners and NYMR we have ensured the delivery of the components has been completed within the project schedule, enabling our engineers to undertake the installation of the bridge in the stunning setting of the North York Moors National Park.”
NYMR’s ambitious project has been made possible by grants from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Rural Payments Agency, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the generosity of supporters.

With a combination of donations and grants the Charity has raised 90% of the funds to deliver its YMJ project. The heritage railway still needs to raise an additional £1 million over the next three years and is appealing for further support to achieve that target. For further information and to donate, please visit www.nymr.co.uk/YMJ.

This investment in the future of our railway paves the way for future generations to enjoy our vibrant rail history. Cleveland Bridge UK have been a pleasure to work with on this project and their involvement builds on the trust and professional partnership that we hope to continue for many years to come.

Chris Price, General Manager North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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