Llangollen Railway in the Festive Season

Llangollen Railway in the Festive Season

With the season of Santa Special trains due to finish on Christmas Eve, the  Llangollen Railway can report an excellent pre-Christmas season with full loadings on the Santa trains which have taken families to visit Lapland at Carrog.  Of the 36 Santa Special trains which operated since 6 December, many were fully booked weeks ago. Family groups have come to Llangollen to see Santa on the steam train from within the Railway’s 50 mile catchment area, drawing people in from a wide segment of England, as well as North Wales, and the visitors provide a welcome mid winter boost to the town.

Post Christmas Day Events

The Railway looks forward to offering visitors further festive activities from Boxing Day through to 1st January.  For those who missed out on a trip to meet Santa, the popular series of Mince Pie Special trains start on 26th December with three steam trains a day operating from Llangollen through to the new station at Dwyrain Corwen East, on the recently extended line beyond Carrog.

Steam trains depart Llangollen at 1050, 1300 and 1510, and take visitors into what can be a winter wonderland on the journey through to Corwen when mince pies and mulled wine are served to passengers as festive cheer.

George Jones, for Llangollen Railway, said, “A ride on the train followed by a brisk walk in the country from one of the Railway’s stations is an ideal way to work off any excess eating or may be blow away the post Christmas blues! There are several short walks from all stations along the line which provide easy opportunities to get out and enjoy the area of outstanding natural beauty which is the Dee Valley.”

“Once again the Llangollen Railway will be providing the only steam hauled standard gauge train service in North Wales, and beyond, on 26 December when the National Network remains closed.  It is thanks to all our volunteers that these trains run and we can provide festive entertainment for those who wish to sample a ride on a preserved railway beginning from within the World Heritage site at Llangollen.”

Attached photo shows volunteer train crew members Charlie Brook and Matt Davies trying out the Mince Pie Special headboard for size on engine No.3802 at Llangollen.

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