Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Embsay Shed Project
and the
Yorkshire Industrial Locomotive Museum

This is the old Shed page which will be removed shortly.

The aims of the project are:

  • to provide appropriate conservation and maintenance facilities to support both the mission of the Museum Trust and the operation of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway;
  • to establish a museum in which to store and display large exhibits (specifically locomotives) plus the Trust's collection of paperwork and other items in line with the collecting policy;
  • to tell the story of the locomotives in the collection, in the context of both the locomotive manufacturing industry of Yorkshire and the industries who operated the locomotives (principally National Coal Board).
The resultant building, whilst fully integrated, can be broken down into five distinct phases and these can be planned and delivered sequentially or in parallel as funding is available.

See the Latest News page for up-to-date information on the work in progress.

The three building phases are shown in this diagram:

Plan of the building stages of the Embsay Shed Project and the Yorkshire Industrial Locomotive Museum.

whilst the other two phases comprise track layout for Building A and additional track layout for the Y.I.L.M.

Phase I - Conservation Building A

This first phase comprises the first six bays of the conservation building from the east end and will initially form a stand alone conservation and maintenance facility with access on three tracks.

Funding is provided through the Embsay Shed Fund and a 25% Grant as part of the European Regional Development Fund Objective 5b.


Phase II - Track Layout for Building A

The first trackwork phase involves the following key stages:
  • Groundworks, drainage, embankment strengthening, headshunt embankment construction.
  • Alterations to No 14 turnout
  • Construction of crossover and headshunt
  • Construction of tandem turnout
  • Build tracks 1 & 2 (from main line)
  • Build track 3 including turnout giving access to tracks 4 and 5

More photographs can be found on the P-Way pages of the Departments website showing the trackwork development of the top yard.
(C) Dave Outibridge The side of the goods shed can be seen before any work has been started on the shed project - this was probably taken around 1988. The area which can be seen to the left of the shed is the location of the Yorkshire Industrial Locomotive Museum.
(c) Dave Outibridge.
(C) Stephen Walker The same location is pictured here from a slightly different angle and sees the floor completed and girders for the structure also apparant. This is the way it stayed for quite a long time as the railway took the option of opening to Bolton Abbey - a decision that has proved itself to be correct. Compare this view with the artist's impression lower down the page of how the YILM will look when completed.
(c) Stephen Walker.
(C) YDRMT This photograph shows the track components for the top yard being removed from Leeds Station as part of Railtrack's LEEDS FIRST project. There is enough track to complete the shed roads from this.
(C) Dave Barlow Team shot at Healey Mills, the location to which the track was delivered as Leeds Station was not accessible for their removal by road! Several weekends work saw the required components loaded up and transported back to Embsay.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) William Lister The sleepers are being laid out along the headshunt in this photograph, taken looking towards Embsay station from the end of the headshunt. Working conditions for the P-Way team aren't too bad in this photo - it's only raining lightly.
(c) William Lister
(C) William Lister This photograph shows more typical weather from the start of the year, and the P-Way team building up the crossover (from mainline to headshunt, and from headshunt to shed roads) as well as the tandem turnout. More photos soon showing current progress on this.
(c) William Lister
(C) William Lister Wow! No rain, sleet, snow or hail!! The view looking towards Conservation Building A (from plan earlier on this page). There will be three 'roads' laid here numbered 1 - 3 from left to right. Road 1 houses Slough Estates; Road 2: York No. 1 and Road 3: 69, undergoing cosmetic restoration.
(c) William Lister
(C) Dave Barlow On a snowy day the P-Way team are seen constructing the tandem turnout, having already completed the crossover allowing access to the headshunt.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Dave Barlow This time we see the headshunt being laid, looking away from the shed.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Dave Barlow Looking in a similar direction to the other photo, but this time from nearer the shed, showing progress with the tandem turnout which will give access to the first three roads.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Tim Warner Further progress can be seen from this photo, as the tandem begins to come together. The straight line through the point will be the No. 2 road (see next photo). It is now complete, and looks a lot better! The crossover will be controlled (initially) by a groundframe released from the signalbox by lever 14 (which controlled the previous groundframe). The other turnouts will be controlled by separate levers.
(c) Tim Warner
(C) Tim Warner Looking back towards the shed itself, and progress is visible. The No. 2 road has the first two lengths laid, and the sleepers are resting on the No. 1 road to complete it. The No. 1 road only requires rails being laid as the sleepers are spaced out ready.
(c) Tim Warner
(C) Tim Warner Looking towards the shed again, the tandem point is complete and the centre (No. 2) road is complete and connected. It has been lightly packed to allow movement of stock. The final steelwork preparation has since been completed, and cladding should be underway shortly.
(c) Tim Warner
(C) Dave Barlow First point - ignore the date on the photograph - it was only taken in 2001! This view sees the turnout from the mainline giving access to the headshunt for the shed complex. There is evidence of point locking which will initially be operated by a groundframe released from the signalbox.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Dave Barlow Again, ignore our little journey into the future! This photo shows the first three roads converging on the tandem turnout, looking away from the shed. None of the roads have been ballasted or packed as yet, other than to allow the light passage of stock. GrantRail are currently overhauling our ballast packer which will see a lot of use shortly.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Stephen Walker This photo is included here as a comparison to the previous view, from a very similar angle, showing the old track layout, some of which used Midland Railway track components which were VERY worn, having survived 100 years!
(c) Stephen Walker
(C) Dave Barlow Date! This final view shows the tandem turnout in all its glory, as well as the progress being made on the No. 3 road. Also in the picture is the turnout which will give access to the museum building. York is seen on the No. 1 road, with the diesel rail-crane occupying the centre (No. 2) road for lifting the steelwork for the shed.
(c) Dave Barlow
(C) Tim Warner This photo is taken from the shed base with all three roads connected up, and most of the stock moved outside so that the cladders could get to work. The progress was rapid, with work on the roof being completed quickly, as can be seen here. Since then the walls too have been finished. The shed now needs wiring and the track needs packing and ballasting.
(c) Tim Warner.
(C) Dave Barlow The cladding is complete! This view shows the first two phases apparantly complete (Conservation Building A and its trackwork), with some stock sitting in the shed. The electrical wiring still needs to be installed, and the ballasting completed, but the size of the building and its potential is obvious.
(c) Dave Barlow.
(C) Dave Barlow Ballasting continues, making use of the recently donated Robel from GrantRail. Dogfish hoppers couldn't be used here as well, so it is ideal for the job. The next task will be using the packer to achieve a level top to the rail and a firm base.
(c) Dave Barlow.

Phase III - Yorkshire Industrial Locomotive Museum (YILM)

Artist's impression of the entrance to the Yorkshire Industrial Locomotive Museum
This Building, illustrated above, forms part of the integrated Shed building and will use the two track section of the existing steelwork as the main Exhibits Hall plus an extra add-on entrance area to be used for retailing, access control, Interpretation Exhibition and secure storage. The first storey will be used to provide a Resource Centre for the use of school parties and others.

Status: The lottery application has been submitted and rejected. The Middleton Railway's similar project has been successful - congratulations to them. We have been successful in acquiring European Funding towards the cladding of this part of the building, along with Conservation Building B. Work will start early in 2007 with a view to completion by Easter 2007.

Phase IV - Track Layout for YILM

The plans were completed at the same time as the rest of the trackwork, and the timbers for the point (allowing access from the No. 3 road) are stacked ready to be put in.

The point giving access to roads 4, 5 and 6 has been installed. Road 6 trackwork is being laid at the moment to allow the sleeper to be moved further down the carpark. Road 4 has been connected up already, and 5 will be connected up later.

Phase V - Conservation Building B

This will fill the space occupied by the original Midland Railway goods shed.

Status: The Goods shed is in the process of being taken down and moved to Bolton Abbey. The new building is the recipient of a grant towards cladding, along with the YILM building, which will probably now be used as a workshop of some description. At Bolton Abbey the Goods Shed will be rebuilt...

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