Public donates to rehab of historic UK rail station

April 20, 2011 |
Drew Ballensky

Government funds and public donations have enabled a restoration of a Victorian roof over a station on the historic North Yorkshire Moors Railway. (http://www.nymr.co.uk/) The renovation of the roof, which was originally constructed in the 1840s and replaced in the 1950s, is expected wrap up next month.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-13062106

Funding for the project came from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, derived from the UK’s national lottery, with support from Yorkshire Forward, a regional development agency, and public donations. A total of 1.6 million pounds was raised for the roof restoration and the creation of a new two-story education center. By asking the public to sponsor Welsh roof slates for 5 pounds each, the project raised 25,000 pounds.

The heritage steam railway, which runs 18 miles from Pickering to Whitby through the scenic North Yorkshire moors, attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year and is believed to contribute 30 million pounds to the local economy annually.

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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