New Managing Director for North Yorkshire Moors Railway

One of the North’s most popular tourist attractions, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, has appointed Chris Price to become the next managing director. 

Chris Price will join NYMR from the Talyllyn Railway, the historic narrow-gauge railway in Mid-Wales, where he is general manager.  His move to North Yorkshire will see him take over from Philip Benham, NYMR’s current managing director, who retires in the autumn after eleven years with the railway.

Mike Child, chairman of the Railway Trust’s operating company said:

“The managing director’s role is a particularly challenging one, working with several hundred volunteers and staff. Responsibilities range from making sure the railway, vintage steam engines and carriages are in good working order, to ensuring every passenger enjoys their experience, visiting our stations and travelling on our trains.

“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 NYMR continues to enthuse future generations of visitors to the North York Moors. We are confident that he is the right person to further develop NYMR as a vibrant heritage business, enabling us to grow and improve the visitor experience on the railway.  We warmly welcome him on board.”

Chris Price commented; “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.”

Philip Benham added; “I am delighted at Chris’s appointment and know he will lead NYMR on to even greater success in the future. How appropriate that he comes from the Talyllyn, the World’s first preserved railway, to NYMR which today is the World’s most popular heritage railway!”

Chris will take up the role in October, when he will be responsible for the daily services between Whitby and Pickering through the stunning North York Moors National Park.

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For further information about the press release, or photographs, please contact:

Peter Fisher, Marketing Assistant, North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Tel:       01751 473 799 *ext. 233