About This Live Project

Our project looks at the disused railway which used to run from Scarborough to Whitby. The line passes through urban, suburban and rural areas along its 22 mile length. At present it is successfully used as a recreational walking and cycling route aswell as by horse riders and even commuters as a traffic free means to get to work. 

Working with Scarborough council, Friends of the Old Railway and other groups and members of the public we hope to raise awareness of this fantastic resource, highlight areas of improvement and produce a strategic masterplan for its future development.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Presentation to the Urban Space Group and Friends of the Railway

This Thursday the Live Project Group will present their proposals to the joint meeting of the Urban Space Group and the Friends of the Railway. The meeting will take place in Cavalier Suite of the Royal Hotel on Thursday 13 November 2008at 1900. We are scheduled to present at 20:00. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Yesterday we had our final presentation which although apparently was quite long went well. To start the presentation off we did a video which accompanied the BBC York report aired on November 6th.

To launch the website and podcast, which went online on the 7th of November a number of carrots were planted in planters throughout Scarborough city centre. Attached to the carrots was an envelope with details of the site and inside the recipe book we have produced, seeds and a copy of the brochure.

The website address is: www.thecindertrack.co.uk and has the recipe book, podcast, origami instructions for turning the brochure once finished with into a seed starter pot, information of the lines history and upcoming event info.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Exhibition Under Woodlands Ravine Bridge

Wow. An amazing day was had yesterday as the team held an exhibition yesterday undr Woodlands Ravine Bridge. We were there showing our proposals and get feedback from the local residents and users of the track. The bleak weather and low temperatures were offputting but once we had set up a steady stream of visitors were drawn to the exhibition, keen to see our proposals and sample the Nettle soup on offer. We had great feedback on the project and created a lot of interest in the track's future, with the local radio and newspaper both present to record local reactions the exhibition was a success. Under The Bridge

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Presentation preparation.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Prototypes - Orchard Setting

Prototype crates arranged in the orchard - various configurations.

Prototypes - Manufacture 04

The final day of building, all of the Prototyping Group getting stuck in.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Todays progress.

Prototypes - Manufacture 03

The above images show the first crate to be finished.  Thank you to  R. Pearson & Son Joiners for helping with the bulk of the cutting.  The rest of the crates will hopefully go together much quicker now.

Here's the plans of what we are hoping to build next week on site, the first is a conbination of planters and seating situated next to the park at the Manor Road bridge and the second is over the other side of the bridge, creating the shape of CT (cinder track), also providing signage at a confusing point on the track. The timber collection for this is going well, however the final decision is still pending with the council.

Here's some of the initial images produced from the prototype team, working towards the step-by-step guide to be included in the final booklet.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Prototypes - Manufacture 02

The timber hunt continued today, a big thank you to Mike at The Yorkshire Garden Centre who provided a number of pallets for us to use.  The dismantled pallets provide the slats to fix around our crates.  The above image shows the first crate to be built.  

Leaflet and Podcast

The leaflet is ongoing with a print planned for next monday so that the first batch can be handed out at the public event proposed for Tuesday. Cover above

Last week, draft podcast scrips were sent out to a number of local figures including the author of 'Yorkshire Railway Rambles'. We are now getting feedback and re-working the script with the aim to record in the latter end of this week.

Front Cover of Booklet Unveiled

A (Very) Rough Cut of Cinder Track Podcast Trailer

Here we have the first very rough cut of the Podcast Trailer

Yesterday we tried out foraging locally to the arts tower and collected some nettles within 5 minutes walk. We were massively unprepared but suffered minimal nettle stinging and the result was scumptuous. We are considering serving this at our event along with our cookbook.

New Cinder Path Logo Unveiled

As the project nears its final stages we have narrowed the logos to the folowing.

The logo refers to the natural setting of the trail as well as its history as a transport route.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Prototypes - Manufacture

After our general group meeting today to discuss the book content, the prototype group met to finalise our designs for our two allotted sites.   
This afternoon we went on the hunt for timber for the manufacture of our crate modules.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Pagets Builders Merchants who very kindly provided a large amount of timber for us to use, also lending us hand saws and tape measures so that we could cut the timber to size in their yard.  All the help was very much appreciated. 

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Focus on Entrances

We have decided after our meeting last week to focus on the two entrance spaces at Whitby and Scarborough as this will be most help in gaining further funding for these areas. Below are some initial ideas for each entrance.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Night Mail

I've checked on the poem that I mentioned yesterday.  It forms part of a short film celebrating the mail train and was written by WH Auden, with accompanying music by Benjamin Britten.

The film clip can be readily downloaded from YouTube.  The full film (part 1, part 2, part 3) is about 23 minutes long and ends with the poem, but is definitely worth watching.

The words are available here and there is a wikipedia article that you might find interesting.

Apparently there was a second film, also a collaboration of  Auden and Britten, about the train line from London to Portsmouth, called 'The Way to the Sea'.  It would be worth finding out more about this.