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News Release - Issued by the National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum to host charity gala in celebration of the Grand Départ 2014

The National Railway Museum, York, is hosting a charity gala dinner on 5 July 2014, celebrating the world of cycling ahead of York's highly-anticipated Grand Départ 2014.

In aid of charity, Ataxia UK, the Celebration of Cycling gala dinner is part of the National Railway Museum’s Tour de France celebration weekend*, where the Grand Départ will see participants cycling from York to Sheffield.

Visitors in the mood to don their yellow jerseys will be able to view live action of the event on a big screen in Station Hall and in the South Yard visitors can also get into the cycling spirit with the chance to ride very unusual rail bikes. Those less keen on pedalling can also enjoy watching rail bike demonstrations and see the museum’s fascinating collection of velocipedes (rail vehicles powered by hands or feet) on display.

The gala dinner will take place in the venue’s Station Hall where guests will be treated to a three-course dinner, and coffee and petit fours, served among the museum’s royal carriages, including railway legends such as Queen Victoria’s ‘Palace on Wheels’. A silent auction will be running throughout the evening, with all funds raised going towards Ataxia UK.

On the night, a keynote speech will be delivered by three-time Olympic medallist and double Track World Champion cyclist Rob Hayles. Guests will also be able to enjoy music from live band, Hipshaker.

Alan Cass, sales manager at the National Railway Museum, said: “We are very excited about being part of one of the biggest sporting events of the year, with stage two of the Grand Départ starting here in York. The charity gala is a celebration of the sport, and we hope to raise lots of money for Ataxia UK on the night.”

Tickets are priced at £75.50 per person. Part of the ticket sale will go towards the charity and includes booking fee. To book, please call the National Railway Museum on 01904 621261 or visit

*For more information about the National Railway Museum’s Tour de France celebration weekend, please visit

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Notes to editors

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in Shildon.