07 August 2017

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is delighted to announce that within two weeks of having a set of eight teak carriages vandalised, four of the carriages are now back running along the line. 

Between 10pm on Saturday 22 July 2017 and 7am on Sunday 23 July 2017, historic teak train carriages at NYMR’s Pickering Railway Station’s main car park were vandalised. Windows were smashed and the inside of the carriages were severely damaged. 

Chris Price, NYMR’s General Manager said, “The fast response from businesses and the local community has meant that we have been able to turnaround four of the carriages very quickly. The carriages have now been professionally cleaned and temporary light fittings have been used until we can replace them with heritage lighting.

The buffet bar which was the most badly damaged of the set, will not be running this season, however we have made provisions for a replacement bar so that all services can operate. The other carriages are currently being worked on by the Carriage and Wagon Department.

We kindly ask that any future donations be given to our new appeal 'Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey Appeal' (Announcement 8.8.17 at 00.01), which includes safeguarding, preserving and protecting these carriages for the future. Part of the new appeal includes a new carriage shed, which will not only protect the coaches from the elements but also future events of this nature".

The beautiful varnished teak carriage set, comprised of eight carriages dating from 1930 to 1950, have regularly appeared in films and television with recent appearances including ‘Downton Abbey’ and the remake of ‘Dad’s Army’. 

The teak carriages are owned by several groups and individuals and were restored by the London and North Eastern Railway Coach Association (LNERCA - a volunteer run, charitable organisation which restores heritage coaches) which are used and maintained by the NYMR.

Owned and operated by a 10,000-member community-based charitable Trust, the NYMR delights more than 350,000 passengers every year - more than any other heritage railway in the world. Taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 24-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 further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to nymr.co.uk. 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: lou@gough.co.uk

Sara Gillespie – Junior PR Account Manager: sara.g@gough.co.uk

Sam Wright – Account Executive: sam@gough.co.uk

 

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.

  • 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.