Ramboll. Network Rail Operating Centre. Image: Daniel Hopkinson
Incorporating classrooms, signalling simulators, internal and external training tracks and a welding training facility, the WDC was designed to provide a state-of-the-art learning environment to meet the challenges of running a modern rail system. The centre is already training significant numbers and is meeting the expectations set for the site.
The Rail Operating Centre next door is currently occupied by around 200 staff from Network Rail, Virgin Trains East Coast and Northern Rail. The team looks after over 2000 miles of railway including the East Coast Main Line and rail routes in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the north east.
Both outside and within the centre are references to the archaeological importance of the site. Partially located beneath the Rail Operating Centre, are the significant foundation remains of one straight engine shed and three ‘roundhouses’, in which locomotives were stabled in stalls radiating from a central turntable. Providing an important archaeological record of our railway heritage and a valuable asset for future generations, Ramboll’s archaeologists undertook archaeological investigations, which enabled the mapping, evaluation, recording and interpretation of the remains, leading to 95% preservation of the historic fabric below the new scheme. Find out more here about this remarkable project and its protected heritage.