Saturday, 8 December 2012

Western Train on the Santa Express

Santa and his little helpers pose for the camera before running the first Santa Express tour of the day
December 8th saw the first day of the Santa Express specials operated by Blackpool Transport, utilising the Western Train running from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham and return. The tours were timed to run at 10:00, 11:30 and 14:00. Unfortunately the day started with a bit of a whimper, with no passengers at all on the first journey! The 11:30 departure didn't fare much better either, only managing to attract one family on board. Perhaps the poor patronage was due to BTS insisting that the tickets be pre-booked, rather than people just turning up on the day. Despite the shortage of passengers, Santa and his elves took it all in good humour. Visit the Santa Express website at http://www.blackpooltransport.com/westerntrain.aspx for more information, if you would like to treat your children to a journey on the Western Train to see Santa.

The Western Train arriving back at the Pleasure Beach after it's first journey of the day, sans passengers
One of the elves opening the door for Santa to disembark after his rather quiet journey to Little Bispham and back
Santa and his merry helpers take a break after their less than busy first round trip to Little Bispham
The Western Train turning round on Little Bispham loop during its second trip of the day, again with rather a light load!

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