Steam-n-Gin at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is pleased to announce NEW for 2017 ‘Speciality Dining Services’ to run alongside the popular Pullman Dining services. NEW on board experiences include Coffee Mornings, Ladies that Lunch and a Pie and Pea Train. These new services complement our popular Gin Tasting, Wine and Cheese Evenings and Curry Trains which were introduced in 2016. Gin Tasting trains will depart 3 June, 4 August and 29 September from Pickering, with expert Stephen Colling introducing passengers to a selection of juniper-based spirits as the train travels through the gorgeous National Park scenery. Meanwhile the Curry Train operates on 2, 3 & 10 June, 4 August and 21 & 29 September, with a selection of delicious Indian dishes prepared by the award-winning chef of Pickering’s own Noyon restaurant. New services include “Ladies that Lunch”, a series of nine August lunchtime departures with a summer time menu including Pimm’s, seafood and Eton Mess alongside Coffee mornings and Pie & Pea Trains. The Pullman Dining services meanwhile run regularly during the railway’s main operating season (April – October) and in December. Paul Brown, NYMR Head of Commercial Services said “We are delighted to be expanding our dining experiences to our passengers. There is something magical about eating as the countryside rolls by”. For further information and how to book, visit Speciality Services, or Pullman Dining. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has run Pullman Dining Services since the 1980s, when Dutch businessman and long-time benefactor of the railway Jos de Crau brought coaches to the line. Bequeathed to the railway on his death in 2005, one of the sumptuously-appointed coaches now proudly bears his name. As well as providing a beautiful experience for customers, the railway’s Pullman Dining train represents the continuation of an almost lost tradition of on-board dining and a valuable educational resource in the preservation of railway heritage. DID YOU KNOW that the first railway dining carriages were introduced in 1879 by the Great Northern Railway on its London-Leeds route? Before this, passengers had to bring their own food or rely on scheduled rest stops to bolt down food at intermediate stations. Cooking over hot coals in wooden coaches, these precarious early diners nonetheless served up hot buttered kippers for morning commuters to a menu as ambitious as roast sirloin and salmon hollandaise on Christmas Day. DID YOU KNOW that the newly privatised railway companies inherited no fewer than 250 dining cars from British Rail in 1997 but these proved unprofitable and were quickly withdrawn. The last full restaurant car ran in 2011 on the very same London-Leeds route, serving a commemorative “last meal” including smoked haddock crepes, rib-eye steak and ginger & rhubarb pavlova. NYMR is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 18-mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations. For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook facebook.com/northyorkshiremoorsrailway/ and Twitter twitter.com/nymr. ENDS For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555 Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected] Sam Wright – Junior Account Executive: [email protected] Notes for editors The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not-for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering. Day to day operation is carried out by volunteers with railway operations and business experience. Every visitor that travels on the railway helps preserve one of the earliest and most historic lines. The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont. Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby. Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public. Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages. The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.