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Santa Special warmed, unknown to the passengers they are being kept warm by Watkins Hire portable boiler plant.

For many years Watkins Hire have supplied temporary mobile steam boilers over the Christmas holiday festivities to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains along an 18 mile line between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park. The railway passes through a variety of scenery, from wooded valley to heather clad moorland. It also calls at picturesque villages along the way and offers access to unspoilt countryside for walkers and cyclists.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has featured in several feature length films over the years including, Brideshead Revisited and All Creatures Great and Small. More recently Pickering Station was dressed for Possession starring Gwynneth Paltrow. For the first film based on J K Rowling's series, 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone'. Goathland Station was turned into "Hogsmeade" where the school of wizardry and witchcraft is based. The railway's shop on the platform was transformed into the "Prefect's Room" and the Ladies toilets became the "Wizard's Room" which did cause a little confusion at the time! A Wizard Day out is running 29/30 October 2005.

Watkins Hire supplied the equipment required for the project which included two off a 3000-lb/hr 150psi mobile packaged steam boiler plant fueled by 35 sec oil, two 5000 litre bunded fuel tanks, and flexible steam pipes. The Steam boiler rental systems were selected from one of Watkins Hire extensive fleet of 350 mobile boiler plants.

Once the equipment was delivered to site the North Yorkshire Moors Railway utilised a steam driven crane to offload the equipment onto Bogeys to enable movement of the rental boiler whilst on site. The units were installed and commissioned, the steam was utilised to preheat the carriages for the passengers in the morning prior to the steam trains being connected, this made the process of getting the carriages and the trains ready quicker and more efficiently in the mornings.

A spokesperson for the Railway said "Watkins Hire handle the project every year, in a very professional and highly qualified manner, we are lucky to have the UK's leading boiler hire company on our doorstep in Dewsbury"

Wherever you are located in the UK you are never too far from our friendly and experienced hire specialists. Watkins Hire are able to provide you with fast, reliable cost-effective steam boiler rental systems. Watkins Hire are the UK's leading supplier of temporary steam and heating solutions, with depots in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

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