Our Santa season at the railway has been a big success and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the visitors and their families who came to see us.
This is the first season that Santa and his Elves traveled on the trains and, by common consent, this proved even more popular than having his grotto in one of our static carriages.
We must also extend our thanks to all our volunteers who have worked so hard to make these three Sundays such a success and thanks of course to Santa and his Elves for finding the time in their busy schedule to visit us.
No event can run without a hitch and we are grateful for the constructive comments from our visitors about their experience of their visit. Our planning for the 2019 event gets underway early in the New Year. The lessons we have learned from this year’s event will be taken into account so that we can build on what has been achieved for next year.
One obvious area will be heating in the carriages. The carriages we have at the railway can be upgraded to provide steam heating but, being an elderly design, the necessary parts are not easy to come by. Not only that, but our gallant little steam engine Joyce was only expected to shunt wagons in its working days, so no provision for steam heating was ever required.
Our ever resourceful engineering team are working on a solution to this limitation and we hope to be able to offer nice warm carriages next year.
During the year we put on a variety of events and we would like to do even more. Consequently we need to increase the numbers in our volunteer teams. So, if the idea of helping out at the railway appeals to you, but you are not so keen on the engineering, restoration and maintenance side of things, there is plenty to be done as a member of our events planning, publicity and customer facing teams. Pop into the station and have a chat with us. You will be most welcome.
In the meantime we send you all our best wishes for Christmas and The New Year