Santa steams in to Peasholm Park station

The Santa specials on the North Bay Railway set off for the first time this Christmas at the weekend.

Children excitedly gathered at the Peasholm Park station to welcome Santa who steamed in from the North Pole.

Santa arrives at Peasholm Park station driving his very own Santa Special. Picture by Neil Silk 124953d.

Santa arrives at Peasholm Park station driving his very own Santa Special. Picture by Neil Silk 124953d.

Youngsters climbed aboard the first train and set off on a fun-filled festive journey, before returning to meet the man himself in his grotto.

The Mayor of Scarborough Cllr Helen Mallory also turned out, while Scarborough’s Twilight Choir sang Christmas songs.

David Fardoe, general manager of the North Bay railway, said: “This is the fifth time we have done it and it has grown over the years.

“It is very popular as it’s quite unusual and most families have memories of the North Bay Railway when they were a child so it is something everyone will bring their grandchildren to. It brings back a lot of memories so it’s for the adults as well as the kids. It’s magical.

“This year children will go in search of Santa at the North Pole. Once they have found him they will bring him back on the train to his grotto at the station shop so they can be given their presents.

“We have also added a twilight train which will run in the dark and that’s proving very popular.”

Cllr Mallory, who rode the first train, added: “I think it’s really nice because it’s another tradition like the Naval Warfare and these are things which children will remember forever and the big children enjoy it too.”

The Santa specials will run over three weekends during December, with trains departing at 11am, noon and 3pm. The new twilight train, which is bookings only, will depart at 4pm.

Bookings can be made on the North Bay Railway web site at www.nbr.org.uk. Booking forms and tickets, priced at £7 per child and £4.50 per adult, are also available from the Peasholm Park station shop.

All children will receive a present and adults a complementary hot drink and mince pie.