Santa rests reindeer and takes the train to Gunnislake

Thursday 14th November 2013
Children in Plymouth will have the opportunity to tell Santa what is on their Christmas wish list this year as he visits the area on-board a converted First Great Western (FGW) train. 

Santa and his helpers will use two specially decorated coaches which will be attached to the normal train service running from Plymouth through the scenic Tamar Valley to Gunnislake. 

First Great Western General Manager, West, David Crome said: 

“First Great Western is committed to supporting the communities we serve and when Santa came to us looking to rest his reindeer before the big day, we were only too happy to offer a speedy and equally economic alternative. 

“Our helpful and friendly staff will assist the elves and allow more children to meet Father Christmas before he heads back to his workshop at the North Pole.” 

The trains will run from Plymouth to Gunnislake return, departing Plymouth at 11:40 and 13:45 on Sunday 8 and 15 December. There are 100 tickets available for each train. 

Tickets go on sale at 10.00, Saturday 16 November from the Plymouth Booking Office and are sold in aid of two local charities: Hugs for Henry and Dame Hannah Rogers. They cost £7.00 for an Adult and £4.00 per child or £20.00 for a family of four. 

Last year the Santa Special trains raised over £2,000 for charity.