Father Christmas has warmed up for tonight’s annual dash across to deliver presents across the world by entertaining young travellers on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley.
The train was transformed into a ‘winter wonderland’ for the occasion, with Father Christmas and his team of elves taking Christmas requests from all the children on board and giving out gifts on 15 December.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “The Santa Special is a firm fixture in the MVCRP calendar.
“It was great to welcome so many local families on board, many of whom were taking the opportunity to travel on the Marston Vale Line for the first time. I am delighted we were able to extend the Christmas magic to Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre again.”
Santa was joined by a face painter and balloon modeller to keep everybody entertained during the journey through the heart of the picturesque Marston Vale Line.
Many passengers also visited the Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre during their journey. The centre hosted Festive Crafts, a model railway from Milton Keynes Model Railway Society, tours of the Heritage Booking Office and a special seasonal menu in the Tea Room.
The special service was arranged by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Northwestern Railway. All of the activities on the train were provided free of charge with passengers just paying the normal rail fare.