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Heritage railway introduces contactless donation boxes

Visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) are now able to donate using contactless donation boxes.

The first machine has been placed at Pickering station, where visitors are able to make predetermined donations of between £5-£30.

Following a 125 per cent return on investment, the heritage railway is looking to roll the tech out across other stations and onboard trains.


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Developer GoodBox says the machines boost the fundraising activities of charities and non-profit organisations in an age where cash usage is reducing.

NYMR head of marketing Laura Strangeway added: “Keeping 18 miles of railway, with more than 30 bridges through the difficult countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors, in good condition is an ongoing challenge for NYMR.

“We already invest around £1 million annually in the general upkeep but there’s only so much the fare box can generate and we do rely heavily on donations from the general public, as well as corporate donors, for the maintenance of the railway bridges and the 50-100 year old vehicles.”


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