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.
"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.