New service launched - but you won't find it on any train timetable...

New Service Launched - But You Won 't Find It On Any Train Timetable’s a miniature train, with miniature prices, for miniature people!

The “new” addition to the fleet is being used to convey people, mainly youngsters, around the grounds of Newby Hall, near Ripon.

Instead of it costing you £64 for a trip on a big train at an average 125 miles per hour, it will cost you a mere £6.40 for you and your family to travel through the gardens of Newby Hall and alongside the River Ure, at a more sedate speed.  Really small children, under the age of 2, go free.

Powering the train is a Ford Kent Crossflow engine converted from petrol to LPG.  You would have found such an engine in a Ford Mk 1 Cortina years ago!

The miniature train operates daily until the end of September with the first departures at 11am each day.   David Driffield is the full-time driver and engineer.  He says he is delighted by Grand Central’s offer to sponsor the train.  “This support from a local rail operator is fantastic and it makes all the difference when we are looking to provide frequent and reliable services for visitors,” he said.

An anticipated 70,000 passengers are expected to use the miniature train this year.  Newby Hall is owned by the Compton family and comprises 25 acres of parkland.

Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central Railway Company, said:  "This is certainly the smallest train to sport the Grand Central livery.  We are happy to give our support and hope that visitors to Newby Hall enjoy the experience so much that they will   choose us when they need to use a bigger train."

Grand Central operates high speed train services between the North East and London.  It provides a link between Sunderland Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York and London.

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