Scruton Station Platform Appeal
Scruton Station is on the line between Northallerton and Leeming Bar. The first station buildings at Scruton were built in 1864. The building we now have is essentially this earlier building as modified in 1888, though the wooden cabin was not rebuilt as a signal box until 1913. Scruton was closed to passenger traffic on 26th April 1954, and closed to all traffic on 7th May 1956.
In 2003 Scruton Station was completely overgrown. The Trust undertook the restoration project with the support of Scruton Parish Council and the Wensleydale Railway plc, with whom the Trust has made a formal Partnering Agreement. The Trust has entered into a sub-lease of the property, arranged a grant of £75,000 from the Railway Heritage Trust, and has been supported by a major private donor. Other costs have been met by the Trust itself. The work on the buildings has been undertaken by volunteers from the Wensleydale Railway Association, with a substantial contribution from the students of Darlington College, particularly in woodwork, and with further contributions by volunteers from a mental health charity, Workcraft.
The restoration of the buildings structures is now complete and paid for. The cost of this, including the costed time of volunteers, is over £185,000. However, there are further stages before the whole project can be completed, namely the platforms and the surrounding area including the gates and the station yard.
The Platform Appeal
We must now reinstate the platforms, which were removed when the station fell out of use. Without platforms the buildings will have no passenger use.
The platforms in front of the buildings are necessary to stabilise the land, and also to provide access to the buildings. This platform has now been replaced, but has had to be built at the original height. This is lower than the height of operational platforms built today. However, the buildings at Scruton are set at the height of the original platforms, and higher platforms would be unsuitable. Unfortunately, we will not be permitted to use the low level platform on a regular basis for boarding and alighting from trains, though occasional use may be permissible. The proposal is that to the west of the signal cabin, the platform will consist of a slope (4m) and a short (6 metre) length of platform at operational height, providing a link to a full length compliant platform. This new platform will have to be extended by the operating company to a length of 60 metres of platform complying with modern regulations if the station is to be regularly used for passengers. We shall be discussing how this can be achieved with the operating company.
The estimated cost of building the slope and 6m of high level platform is £8,302. Our Appeal target is £10,000.
Any surplus from this appeal will be applied to other work at Scruton, such as work on the surroundings of the buildings, landscaping the area behind the station buildings, and putting in place a longer operational platform.
02 Jul 2016
Scruton, North Yorkshire
Appeal Contact Details
1 The Croft, Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. YO7 1NZ