Witch way to Bedford on the ghostly Fancy Dress Express

Ghost train passsenger on Marston Vale Fancy Dress Express
Ghost train passsenger on Marston Vale Fancy Dress Express

Creepy capers and fiendish family fun were just the ticket when a ghost train rolled into town.

The Fancy Dress Express carried ghouls of all sorts on the Marston Vale Line on Wednesday, October 28 as spooks celebrated Halloween during half term - even the conductor got into the spirit!

The train was decorated, goody bags were dished out and a face painter and balloon modeller entertained.

The special service was arranged by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Midland. All of the activities on the train were free and a team of seven volunteers were on hand to assist passengers and serve refreshments.

Passengers took the opportunity to visit Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre to enjoy craft activities, visit the gift shop, have a tour around the restored booking office and taste from the spooky menu.

A survey distributed to passengers generated positive feedback with one saying: “Our children had so much fun and we really appreciated the effort all the staff went to. It was a great day out and such a lovely idea! A great afternoon, thank you.”

Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “The Ghost Train is a popular event in the Community Rail Partnership calendar. We had one of our best events yet with four lively trains, and many families taking the opportunity to travel on the Marston Vale Line and visit Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre for the first time. A number of regular passengers enjoyed a journey home with a difference too!”

Terry Oliver, London Midland Head of West Coast Mainline services said: “London Midland is proud to have supported this fantastic event. It was a brilliant day and the kids really enjoyed it. This railway really can bring the community together and the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership works hard to achieve this. We look forward to working together again in the near future to deliver family-focused Christmas-themed services.”

For further information please contact Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, c/o Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on 01234 832645.