GWR announces special charity Christmas trains now open for bookings

Thursday 29th November 2018

Great Western Railway (GWR) will operate two very special charity Christmas trains between Plymouth and Gunnislake on Sunday 9 December 2018 to help raise money for charity.

The special GWR Christmas trains will offer a two-hour round trip between Plymouth and Gunnislake on the same day, departing Plymouth at 11:17 with a second service at 13:10. Father Christmas is also expected to make an unscheduled stop on each of the specially decorated festive trains which will travel along the scenic Tamar Valley.

Santa on GWR train
Santa takes time out to enjoy milk and cookies on-board a GWR Intercity Express Train.

All money raised from ticket sales will go to Bowel Cancer UK.

GWR Customer Service and Transformation Director, Richard Rowland, said: 

“We’re really excited about our Christmas trains. They promise to be a magical day out and help to raise lots of money for charity.”

Tickets for the Plymouth Christmas train can be bought at the Plymouth station Ticket Office and cost £12 for an adult and £8 for a child. A family ticket for two adults and two children can also be purchased for £36.

Bowel Cancer UK Director of Fundraising, Luke Squires,  said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit from Great Western Railway’s great Santa Special train journey. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but with the help of GWR and everyone taking part in this special day, we can change that. Your support will not only help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and life-saving research, but gives us a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness of bowel cancer and Bowel Cancer UK with a huge range of different people – including Santa.”

Notes to editors

Great Western Railway (GWR) provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services. We help over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year - across South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

We’re currently seeing the biggest investment in the network since Brunel so we can offer more trains, more seats, and shorter, more frequent journeys and continue the network’s heritage of helping connect more businesses to new and prosperous markets. Through a series of initiatives we aim to be a good neighbour to the communities we serve and are committed to making a positive social impact in those regions. Learn how we're Building a Greater West at GWR is a FirstGroup company.