Santa leaves the reindeers at home and travels on the train

Santa and his team at Bedford train station.
Santa and his team at Bedford train station.

Santa ditched his sleigh and reindeers for the day to travel on board the Marston Vale Line and spread some festive cheer.

The train, running between Bedford and Bletchley, on Saturday (December 12) was transformed into a winter wonderland for the special occasion.

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership officer Stephen Sleight said: “The Santa Special was one of most successful Community Rail Partnership events to date with six busy trains, many local families taking the opportunity to travel on the Marston Vale Line for the first time and a truly festive atmosphere.”

Santa and his team of elves were put to work taking Christmas requests from the excited children on board.

A special gift was also given to every youngster that visited the grotto.

The big bearded man was joined by a face painter and balloon modeller for the special journey through the heart of the Marston Vale.

All of the activities on the train were free of charge and were organised by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Midland.

A team of eight volunteers were on hand to help passengers, give out information packs and sell refreshments.

There was also a collection ob behalf of Ampthill and District Rotary Club for Keech Hospice.

Many passengers took the opportunity to visit Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre during their journey.