A Northern Rail director has lit up the historic fanlight window at Buxton Station for the first time. The “switch-on” was made by Natalie Loughborough, Northern Rail Customer Service Director, assisted by High Peak Councillors Tony Kemp, Deputy Leader & Jean Todd, Ward Councillor.
The fanlight window is all that remains of the huge glass-covered station built by John Smith under the guidance of the famous architect, Joseph Paxton in 1863. The lighting scheme will bring the window to life at night and help stop it falling into obscurity.
The lighting scheme was made possible by Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) working in collaboration with fanlight owners, DB Schenker the freight train operator.
The window is illuminated by three low energy 30 watt LED projectors each equivalent of 300 watts of normal lighting. The fanlight is a Grade II listed structure therefore the friends required special permission to fix the lights. Consent was given by High Peak Borough Council back in August.
Chairman of FoBS, David Carlisle said: “We had hoped to get permission and have the lights working in time for Christmas and are really pleased that has happened. We are grateful to Mark Nicholls of DB Schenker for helping to get the project off the ground. Buxton should be proud of this iconic window – what we have done by adding lights will help even more people appreciate its magnificence. The window will be illuminated on special occasions, be they local, national or international”