The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard, Channel 5, Friday 17th May at 8pm Season 2 Coming Soon! The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is pleased to announce that season two of ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard’ television programme will air on Friday 17th May, at 8pm. Series two will include six episodes for Channel 5, which will go behind the scenes of the NYMR, meeting the staff and volunteers that keep the railway on track. The first of the six-part documentary series sees the railway addressing the challenges of keeping trains operating through a National Park during a heatwave in the peak timetable. Locomotive 5428 Eric Treacy makes a return to traffic and Engine Shed Manager, Piglet, visits Erica the cat, after retiring from the Motive Power Depot after 15 years of service. Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR, said: “This series viewers will see many of the challenges that faced the railway last season, including operating a heritage steam railway in a prolonged heatwave which presented challenges in securing enough diesel engines to ensure the railway delivers on its published timetable. Season two highlights also include, Boilersmith, Mark O’Brien’s special day as he marries Emma at Pickering Station. Burt Blower training recruit Adrian as a Traveling Ticket Inspector, whilst Piglet visits the Wensleydale Railway as NELPG locomotive J27 goes for its summer vacation”. “The show also highlights three of our most popular events; the Annual Steam Gala, Railway in Wartime and the Halloween Service Train, which showcase the railway at its best, attracting thousands of passengers to the line. Viewers can enjoy the railway’s themed RAF100 year’s Steam Gala, which sees General Manager, Chris, visit his old railway Talyllyn Railway, in preparation of No. 6 ‘Douglas’ making a special appearance”. Last March the programme reached over 3.5 million, over three episodes, with 1.5 million viewers tuning in to episode 1 and again over a million in episode 2. Darlow Smithson Productions Ltd (DSP) will be returning to the railway to produce series two, which will include the railways favourite characters, major events, every day running and everything in between. For more information about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, or to book tickets, please visit nymr.co.uk. ENDS For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555 Louise Iles – PR Account Director: [email protected] Sam Wright – Account Manager: [email protected] Paige Dawson – PR Assistant: [email protected] Notes for editors North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s ambitious ‘Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey’ project will start this spring thanks to a £4.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. NYMR is a registered charity which provides a high-quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public, and over the past 18 months the railway has been finalising the shape of the project and raising urgent funds. The £9.7m Yorkshire’s Magnificent Journey project has also received £1.75 million from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), as well as contributions from local organisations and private donors. As a result, NYMR can now begin work to preserve the railway’s historical infrastructure and assets and improving visitor services and experiences. With a combination of donations and grants, the railway has raised 90% of the funds to deliver the project. However, NYMR still needs to raise an additional £1 million over the next five years to be able to complete the project. The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway it owns from Pickering to Grosmont. The heritage railway operates over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby. The charity provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public. The NYMR is an Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages. The railway is a fully accredited museum.