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Take a train trip with Santa on December 10

Father Christmas will be swapping his sleigh for a train for some festive rides through Fenland on Saturday, December 10.

Santa Train poster 2016

Santa and his helpers will be making two return journeys from Ely to Peterborough. They'll be strolling up and down the carriages, handing out mince pies and small presents for children.

It's the second year that the Santa Train has been organised by the Hereward Community Rail Partnership (HCRP), in partnership with the train operator, Greater Anglia.  

Santa will start his first journey at Ely at 10.58am on the train that calls at Manea, March and Whittlesea before arriving at Peterborough at 11.39am.

He will then take the 11.50am train back to Ely, arriving there at 12.32pm.

On his second return trip he will leave Ely at 12.58pm, getting to Peterborough at 1.39pm, He'll then head back on the 1.50pm service, due in to Ely at 2.32pm.

Volunteers from the Friends of March Railway Station will be assisting on the day.

Families will also be given goody bags that will include children's activity sheets and information about the HCRP and the latest rail timetables

Paul Oxley, Greater Anglia's stakeholder manager, said: "Last year's Santa Train was a terrific success, with about 80 children and their parents and grandparents joining us on board.  The Hereward Community Rail Partnership do some great work on the line and we hope our customers will join them in getting into the Christmas spirit."

· For more information on the Hereward Community Rail Partnership and details of local train services, visit

Article added November 28, 2016