ROYAL SCOT de­liv­ers the goods at NYMr

Crowd-pulling celebrity lo­co­mo­tives are the way for­ward, says NYMR.

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

Sea­son-open­ing events with big name lo­co­mo­tives are likely to be­come the norm, the North York­shire Moors Rail­way has said. It fol­lows a suc­cess­ful 2017 cur­tain-raiser with Royal Scot. The LMS ‘7P’ 4-6-0 was the sec­ond celebrity guest en­gine to be hired by the ‘Moors’ for a spring event, fol­low­ing the visit of ‘A3’ No. 60103 Fly­ing Scotsman last March - which brought in an es­ti­mated gross in­come of £½ mil­lion. Although the op­er­a­tion of No. 46100, on March 25/26, 28-30 and April 1/2, was not such a huge money-spin­ner, NYMR Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Price de­clared it “a happy event all round”. “We didn’t ex­pect it to be the same as Fly­ing Scotsman by any means,” he elab­o­rated, “but we still net­ted a con­sid­er­able profit. “It was about one third of what we made from ‘Scotsman’ - but we were charg­ing less for tick­ets. “We’ve also found that it’s a very popular event for the group book­ings and coach par­ties mar­ket - which made up about 60% of the numbers - and there is some dis­count on those.” Mr Price said en­quiries have been made regarding the guest en­gine for 2018. “It’s a for­mat that works for us, and it’s a good fil­lip for the lo­co­mo­tive own­ers as well,” he com­mented. “At the end of the day, these events are sup­port­ing preser­va­tion - by mak­ing the money that al­lows us to keep steam en­gines on the front of trains.” How­ever, he con­firmed that a tra­di­tional steam gala will re­main in the diary dur­ing the au­tumn (to be held this year on Septem­ber 29-October 1): “There will be no change to this - in fact, we want to make it a high-qual­ity must-see event for the en­thu­si­ast ev­ery year.”

PHILIP BENHAM ‘royal scots’ were of­ten de­moted to freight work in their fi­nal years of Br ser­vice, but this char­ter on March 27 - pic­tured at goath­land - is be­lieved to have been the first time this has oc­curred since 1965.

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