Well, folks, that’s it for the Santa Specials for 2017. The calendar allowed us to run for five days rather than the more usual four, and it was wonderful to see so many children bringing their adults along. We know that these trains are becoming a family tradition for many of you, and this is how childhood memories are made.
The five days have seen a remarkable spread of weather. The first weekend saw the Big Snow – the worst weather we’ve seen since the very first Santas in 2010. In weather which defeated even the mighty Severn Valley Railway, our volunteers battled on and nobody was disappointed. The second weekend was just wet and cold, and today has been almost spring-like. Today has also seen the last steaming, for the immediate future, of the loco Stanhope – we marked this loco’s centenary back in May.
2018 promises to be an exciting year. Hopefully, we will be able to announce progress on the railway extension before long, and July will see the third Tracks to the Trenches event.
All that remains is to wish everyone reading this a happy Christmas.