In recent months, news relating to Yorkshire and the railways has rarely been positive. But while it may not make any commute quicker or carriage less packed, a local success story is bringing a smile at last.
The company Great Rail Journeys – which offers almost 400 trips to more than 50 countries and has seen recent increases in demand for travel around Europe – has been purchased for around £100m, with new owner private equity firm Duke Street committed to growing its operation in York, where it employs 150 people. News of the sale comes, appropriately, on the same day as the 80th anniversary of the Doncaster-built steam locomotive the Mallard set a world speed record that still stands to this day – travelling at 126mph on the East Coast main line.
Such displays of Yorkshire ingenuity past and present relating to the railways stand in stark contrast to the delivery of basic services to long-suffering passengers on daily routes.