Online auction set to bring in cash for heritage railway
Among the items is a priceless original painting by John Austin, a three-night luxury break in the Flying Scotsman apartment at the Whitby Engine Shed, a Pullman dining Car lunch and a steam driver experience at Scarborough’s North Bay Railway.
The painting by John Austin, President of the Guild of Railway Artists, depicts a B1 1264 hauling a rake of LNER coaches across the 120 year old bridge at Goathland, which has recently been replaced.
The Flying Scotsman prize will be in a two bedroom apartment of the Flying Scotsman.
Other donated items for the auction include a footplate ride on one of the railway’s locomotives, a seven-day holiday at the newly refurbished Levisham camping coach and a photography day with Charlotte Graham. The auction closes on Friday, May 29 at 5pm.
Already more than £10,000 has been raised by the charity so far, said general manager Chris Price.
He said: “The support for the railway has been overwhelming and it’s great to see the local community pulling together.
“We’re projecting a loss of £1m to £2m if we are unable to operate until later in the holiday season.”
Mr Price said: “In view of the current Government advice, we have made the difficult decision to delay opening the 2020 season.
“The NYMR is a registered charity and without operating this would have a substantial impact ion its future.
“We are asking the public to help by making a donation to give the railway a fighting chance to be able to ‘steam on’ in its current form once the pandemic is over.”
○ Visit www.nymr.co.uk/appeal/nymr-crisis-fund if you would like to support the heritage railway.
People can also text: ‘NYMR’ to 70085 to donate £10. This costs £10 plus a standard rate message. Alternatively, they can opt to give any whole amount up to £20. ‘NYMR 20’ = £20.
They can also support the appeal on the website by purchasing a virtual cuppa.