FAN-TASTIC: Shedding light on historic Buxton landmark

Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail Customer Service Director, with  Friends of Buxton Station Treasurer, Derek Bodey.
Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail Customer Service Director, with Friends of Buxton Station Treasurer, Derek Bodey.
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The spotlight has fallen on an iconic Buxton landmark, much to the de-light of community volunteers.

Buxton Railway Station’s historic fanlight window has extra sparkle at night-time thanks to a brand new lighting scheme unveiled this week.

Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail Customer Service Director, with Steve Unwin, a train driver working for fanlight owners D.B.Schenker.

Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail Customer Service Director, with Steve Unwin, a train driver working for fanlight owners D.B.Schenker.

Three low-energy 30W LED projectors have been installed to illuminate the feature window, which is all that remains of the huge glass-covered station building which was built by John Smith, under the guidance of famous architect Joseph Paxton, in 1863.

The lighting scheme was made possible by the Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS), working in collaboration with fanlight owners DB Schenker.

Chairman of FoBS, David Carlisle, said the project brought the window to life at night and stopped it from falling into obscurity.

“Buxton should be proud of this iconic window – what we have done by adding lights will help even more people appreciate its magnificence,” he explained.

Due to its protected Grade II Listed status, special permission was required before the project could go ahead.

Speaking at the launch, Northern Rail Customer Service Director Natalie Loughborough said: “It is a great honour to be asked to switch on the fanlight, adding a unique dimension to such a historic station. The fanlight gives Buxton Station a new identity and makes the environment more welcoming for our customers.”