Weardale Railways CIC ran ‘Trains to Christmas Town’ during late November and throughout December, in lieu of the copyrighted ‘Polar Expresses’ in the past.
The first trains, at least, were all powered by Class 31s, of which the railway now has several examples. Train operation was supported by Weardale Railway Trust volunteers.
Trains consisted of 10 Mk2 coaches, most in InterCity swallow livery, and by the end of November most tickets on the 100 trains being run had been sold.
The Dartmoor and Weardale railways’ Santa’ trains included a re-enactment of some of the features in the book The Train to Christmas Town, written by Peggy Ellis.
Read more in January’s issue of The RM – on sale now!