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60532 'Blue Peter' at Grosmont MPD 18th August 2003

This week my attention was drawn to an organisation called where funds can be raised, at no cost to the individual, through normal internet purchases. Logging on to the organisations’ website I was pleased to see that the NYMR is one of the charities supported by the scheme. Most major retailers participate in the scheme, with Argos, Amazon, Ebay, John Lewis and Next highlighted. As far as the NYMR is concerned the scheme is in its infancy but for every pound received, provided the giver is a UK tax payer, then the Railway can claim a further 25%.

I signed up for the scheme and if every other member did the same, think how much money could be raised...

Fundraising is important to the NYMR, there are always major items of expenditure that have to be covered. Coming up in the next few years will be three major bridge reconstructions, covered storage for carriages at Pickering and many more. The Bluebell Railway has been running a scheme to raise money for Carriage Storage sheds which has been very successful, the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway has raised half a million pounds with its ‘Bridges to Broadway’ appeal and the new build P2 scheme has been a runaway success. I think we need to capture the publics imagination more with our own fundraising.

NYMR Website

The talk about fundraising drew my attention to the NYMR website and complaints about it being ‘out of date and full of errors’. This proved to be a bit of an exaggeration but on trawling through it I did find 15 items that needed looking at. A quick email to Danielle Ramsey, the NYMR Marketing Manager, brought a rapid response and within a matter of hours 11 of these had been put right. The outstanding ones need input from others and Danielle is chasing these at the moment. Unfortunately they all relate to out of date information on the fundraising section. Danielle asked me to remind my readers that any errors spotted on the website can be corrected quickly by contacting


The big news this week is that 76079 has had a ‘warming’ fire lit and after a few more fettling jobs have been completed is likely to be given a run up the bank to Goathland this next week to begin the ‘bedding down’ process. She certainly looks very smart after the repaint.

76079 is a BR Standard Class 4MT built at the Horwich works of the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in February 1957. Withdrawn from service in 1967 she came into the NYMR fleet in 2009.

Civil Engineering

This week saw an update released on the winter civil engineering programme. Of particular interest was the construction of the concrete apron in front of the C & W workshop at Pickering and a rather unusual tamper that was offloaded at Newbridge Yard. Full details can be found HERE

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