ROYAL SCOT delivers the goods at NYMr
Crowd-pulling celebrity locomotives are the way forward, says NYMR.
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.