York Central’s Railway Heritage Tour for YCAA members, Saturday 14 July, 11am-1pm

YCAA MEMBERS and their guests are invited to attend a free and exclusive heritage event on Saturday 14 July, 11am-1pm: York Central’s Railway Heritage Tour.

The tour, which will precede this year’s YCAA AGM in the afternoon at the King’s Manor (Room G/33), will explore the York Railway Station facade and York Central areas.

The City of York Council, and other stakeholders, are currently proposing major development schemes for the areas to the Station Front and rear of York’s Railway Station. The latter is a 45-hectare brownfield site known as York Central. It sits on a Roman cemetery and for the last 150 years has been used for various railway purposes, including the site today of the National Railway Museum. It means this could well be the last time to see and fully appreciate this heritage before demolition.

The tour will be led by John Ives, a graduate of Leeds School of Architecture, who worked for British Rail’s Architects Department until its demise with privatisation in 1995 and has been a leading figure in working with the railway heritage over the last 40 years.

As a Conservation Accredited Architect and a partner of York-based PPIY Architects Limited, John is the author of the York Station Conservation Development Strategy (2012) and with Dr Bill Fawcett and Alison Sinclair prepared an Audit of the railway heritage of the York Central site (under the auspice of the city’s Conservation Areas Advisory Panel of which John is the Chairman).

To sign up for the tour, please use the following weblink: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-centrals-railway-heritage-tour-tickets-47283276553


One of G.T. Andrews’s 20m wide, C19 archways ‘cut’ into the York city walls to allow railway services to the former railways station that was located just within the historic city centre


Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for a moderate amount of walking, mostly on flat terrain, and any potential inclement weather.

We will meet at 11am in front of WHSmith on York Station itself for a short introduction given by John Ives on York’s railway history and development.

YCAA is very grateful to LNER for providing free use of a seminar room at York Railway Station for the purpose of our visit.



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