Come on down! Chris Price is right for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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A new chief executive has been appointed by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Chris Price will join the Pickering-based tourist attraction from the Talyllyn Railway, the historic narrow-gauge railway in Mid-Wales, where he is currently the general manager.

He will succeed Philip Benham who retires this autumn after 11 years in the hot seat.

His responsibilities will range from managing the 700-strong volunteer and staff work force, ensuring all engines and carriages are in working order and that passengers enjoy their experience on the heritage railway line.

Mike Child, chairman of the Railway Trust, said: “In Chris, we have found someone of great experience with a strong record of achievement on another award-winning railway. As a heritage charity with no public funding, Chris will play a leading role in ensuring that the railway continues to enthuse future generations of visitors to the North York Moors. We are confident that he is the right person to further develop the railway as a vibrant heritage business, enabling us to grow and improve the visitor experience on the railway.”

Chris, who will start his new role in October, said: “The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is known by millions, who have either enjoyed a journey through the line’s spectacular scenery, or who have seen it on television. I am honoured that the directors feel that I am the right person to take on this huge responsibility, and am very much looking forward to the challenge.”