Swanage Railway notches up 36 fundraising Santa Special trains
DEDICATED Swanage Railway volunteers will have run a total of 36 fund-raising 'Santa Special' steam trains by the end of Christmas Eve – with the popular services running a combined distance of 430 miles through the Purbeck countryside.
After a break on Christmas Day, Swanage Railway volunteers resume running their daily steam train service between Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Swanage from Boxing Day, 26 December through to Sunday, 6 January.
Proceeds from the 'Santa Special' trains go towards the extension and development of the award-winning Swanage Railway which has been rebuilt from nothing since 1976 and last year carried more than 200,000 passengers.
Swanage Railway chairman Peter Sills, said: "Yet again, the atmosphere on our 'Santa Special' steam trains has been magical and very special indeed – it's wonderful to see the expressions of joy on the children's faces when they receive their present from Father Christmas.
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"I would like to thank our volunteers and staff who work so hard to make our 'Santa Special's so successful in the run-up to Christmas – and also say a big thank to the public for again supporting the special trains," explained Mr Sills.