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Thursday, 2 June 2016

£60k restoration grant gives railway's Pullman project a full head of steam

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has won a £60,0000 grant to help restore a centrepiece of its rolling stock

As originally built, this is how the restored Garnet will look.

The Department of Transport cash will go towards restoring Garnet, a 1961 example of first class Pullman travel.

The department's competition for grant aid invited innovative ideas and trials from heritage railways and community rail partnerships. The aim is to encourage tourism to destinations beyond London.

The Pullman work will include bodywork repairs, bogie overhaul, rewiring and services, chassis overhaul, repair and reinstallation of the interior, re-creation of original seating and a total repaint. Railway bosses hope the fully restored carriage will enter service from Easter 2018.

General Manager Chris Price said: “The project is innovative in two ways; by strengthening our Pullman fleet we can introduce regular Pullman dining services from Whitby for the first time.

"Secondly, we will return to service a 1961-vintage Pullman car, Garnet, a unique example of luxury travel at the end of the steam era. This grant gets the project off to a great start.”

Tourism and Heritage Minister David Evennett said “We want more tourists to experience the hidden gems the whole of the UK has to offer. Heritage and community railways are important local attractions, and these projects will help support our railway history and promote it to visitors from home and abroad.”

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 six miles into the heart of Whitby, aboard steam and heritage diesel trains.

The railway works its way through the stunning scenery of the North York Moors, through wooded valleysand to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages as the trains travel between the market town of Pickering and the historic coastal resort of Whitby.

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