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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!!

Book here for our Santa Specials, which are held once the schools have broken up: These three days are NOT with Thomas the Tank Engine but one of our own steam locomotives!

Weds 20th, Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd December (Saturday is 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 and complete all activities before your ride as it will be dark and the site will be closing soon after). All new upgraded presents (in conjunction with Father Christmas!)

When you get to the platform for your reserved train ride, you will be shown to your seats on the steam train, which will take you 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 huge 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.

When booking, please choose your preferred train time - but please note, you must arrive in plenty of time so as not to risk missing your train! Arrive nice and early and you can always wander around the Visitor Centre, or enjoy a cuppa, whilst waiting for your train.  

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.

These three days are without Thomas - if you want to come when Thomas is here: visit:

We open at 09.45am and close at 5pm.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Station Road
HP22 4BY

For General enquiries:

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Tel: (01296) 655720