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.

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.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

School Visiting

Thank you for great contribution of today's workshop, everyone! Energetic, splendid, inspiring ideas were created through "pure imagination", during our first phase workshop at school today! In the workshop, following things are done:
- Introduction, why local farm is important for us?
- Movie "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"
- Discussion / workshop, what, how to improve old carriage site?
- Discussion / workshop, what kind of activity would be held as school activity in the site?
- Workshop making origami pot / sowing seeds

Everybody successfully made origami pot for next step workshop which will be announced on this site soon. We all are hopeful that every seeds will start growing in your pots and you will take care of them well. 

Big thanks again.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Tommorrow we are going to visit a school close by the old railway line. We are going to get the children attempt to redesign the old carriage yard into a park which fits within our wild food masterplan, the starting point for this is 'Pure Imagination' from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory which is the scene where Willy Wonka showing the children round his psychadelic wonderland of choclate rivers, edible sugar mushrooms and lickable wallpaper. We would also like them to contribute to the first phase of the masterplan by starting growing herbs at home and then returning to the line to plant them with their parents. How this lesson will go I'm not sure I'm currently very nervous but we have a big bag of compost ready currently on my shower floor.

We also have our second client meeting, our ideas have progressed a lot and it will be interesting to hear their feedback. Shown above is our proposal for the whole school event where we would like to build a series of podcast waymarkers out of mud, compost and turf and intergrate them along the route.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Prototype Group Meeting Today - We are developing an overall design for the crate composition [seating/playing/planting/etc.] with options that can be applied to various locations along the trail, plus 3D images and construction details to aid the production of the modular crate elements.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Concept - crate as a cast to create modular objects...

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Prototypes - Sketch Ideas

Sketch Ideas produced over the past week for the design of modular bench/planter/play system and intergrative landscaping.