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News release - Issued by North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Flying Scotsman event shortlisted for White Rose Award

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is pleased to announce that the ‘Flying Scotsman Returns’ event in collaboration with the National Railway Museum (NRM) has been selected as finalists in the 2016 White Rose Awards in the ‘Yorkshire Event’ category.

Over 12-20 March, the NYMR in partnership with the NRM created a dynamic ‘welcome’ experience for the Yorkshire-built locomotive as it returned home to ‘God’s Own County’. The collaboration offered visitors to Yorkshire the very first opportunity to see and ride behind the world’s most famous engine after a decade-long £4.2million restoration by the NRM to bring this national treasure back to Britain’s tracks.

The programme was a one-off event and has left a lasting legacy, not only for the two not-for-profit organisations involved, but for heritage railway tourism across the UK. Both charities successfully re-established the importance of Flying Scotsman’s history and proud Yorkshire engineering heritage to millions worldwide.

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: “The Flying Scotsman event took much planning and organising across the railway and being shortlisted is a great accolade for the volunteers who supported and delivered such a high profile event”.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again the entries for this year’s White Rose Awards have been exceptional across all categories, so a huge congratulations to those who have made the shortlist.

“As the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, the White Rose Awards are a fitting tribute to Yorkshire’s fantastically diverse businesses that work tirelessly to help to make the county number one.”

The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards are the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK. The awards recognise and reward the very best of the industry throughout Yorkshire. Awards applications open in early spring and winners are announced at the awards ceremony in October or November each year.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along its own 18-mile line and a further 6 miles into the heart of Whitby, aboard steam and heritage diesel trains.

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Notes for editors

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors through the preservation and operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.

• The NYMR cares for the operation and development of the historic railway we own between Pickering to Grosmont.
• Its trains also operate over the Network Rail line from Grosmont to Whitby.
• It aims to provide a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
• The railway is owned and operated by a Charitable Trust, providing education for all ages. It is a fully accredited museum.