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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

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Santa Specials                         (non-Thomas days)

See Father Christmas in a 'Grotto with a Difference' - on a Steam Train! Why queue for hours when you can sit on a steam train and wait for Santa to come to you?!

These three days are NOT with Thomas the Tank Engine, but one of our own steam locomotives instead!

Wednesday 20th December: 
Online bookings have now closed to allow for posting, but tickets can be bought on the gate - just turn up and we'll book you on the next train.

Friday 22nd December: 
Click on the right to book your preferred train ride

Saturday 23rd December: 
Nearly fully booked - availability only on 4.05pm train

For these dates, Thomas will be back in Sodor, but you can still come and see Father Christmas! He will be in a train being pulled by one of our beautifully restored steam engines instead. To book your seats on this train, please click on the 'Book Tickets' link above on the right... Choose your preferred train time. Note, if travelling on the 16.05 train, please arrive early (at least 2.30pm) and complete all activities before your ride as it will be dark and the site will be closing soon after)

You will be shown to your seats on the steam train, and you will be taken up and down our 1/3 mile length of track whilst you wait for Father Christmas, who will be making his way along the train visiting all the children. When he comes to your carriage, one of his elves will pull gifts for the children from his huge toy sack! When you have seen Father Christmas, and the train has pulled back in at the platform, you can take the children inside our large Visitor Centre to see the live children's show, have their faces painted, enjoy your free refreshments in our visitor centre (or make the most of our cafe refreshments), and admire the beautifully restored engines on display - and 18ft tall Christmas tree! 

You can also let the children do some colouring, make their own badges and have a 'tattoo' on their hand! Sadly, during the winter, we are unable to run the miniature steam railway and model railway, due to health and safety for our visitors and staff/volunteers. We hope to open the museum if the weather allows, but it was closed last weekend due to icy conditions at that part of the site.

PLEASE NOTE: Tesco Clubcard Days Out vouchers are NOT valid at our Christmas or Thomas events. They can be used on our normal Static Days, Steaming Days and other special events. Please call before travelling if unsure.

We open at 09.45am and close at 5pm.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Station Road
HP22 4BY

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Tel: (01296) 655720