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Yuletide Evening Express 2022
17th December, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on the 3rd, 10th or 17th of December for a relaxing steam-hauled journey, with drinks and festive nibbles served onboard culminating in live music where passengers are encouraged to join in with the carols.
Your evening begins when you arrive at our main station of Wansford. PE8 6LR – Check-in opens 6:15pm
You’ll be greeted by one of our fine steam locomotives, simmering gently in the moonlight, basking in the glow from the luxury European coaches behind. The coaches you will be travelling in for the evening have seen service all over Europe and one has even been in the legendary Film – Murder on the Orient Express!
At 19:00 sharp, our steam locomotive will leave Wansford, heaving its heavy train into the frosty night. Although outside it will be cold, inside the coaches will be warm with festive cheer and gentle steam heating! Santa will be on board and will be walking through the train whilst you travel to and from Peterborough to say hi and wish you all a Merry Christmas. He won’t be in his Grotto giving out presents but he does have a little festive keepsake gift for booking of 2. If you have booked a table of 4 you will recieve 2 x festive keepsake gift from Santa. Your gift will be on your reserved table ready for when you board the train.
Your festive nibbles will be served to your reserved table/compartment just before you board the train. Once your journey commences our experienced team of volunteers will be passing through the train serving each adult their a glass of Prosecco to help get the christmas cheers on the way. After every adult on board has been served a glass or two of Prosecco our on board team will then be walking up and down the train with our drinks trolley, from which you can purchase any extra drinks. Our St.Nicholas Lounge will be available on each date for a group of up to 16 festive celebration. 4 x Bottles of Prosecco and festive nibbles are included in the Evening St. Nicholas package.
As the drinks are pouring the engine’s fire will be roaring, pulling you towards one of our intermediate stations, Overton. Look carefully as we pass through Overton station and you will see a delightfully decorated platform. We will return for a closer look later!
We will pull into the centre of Peterborough at around 19:35 where the engine will fill it’s water tanks and turn around. You can view the train from the platform or stay in the toasty coaches and soak in the atmosphere.
At approximately 19:50 the train will return to Overton where we have one more treat in store!
A choir will be performing Christmas carols on the platform for the exclusive entertainment of all passengers on the train. You are encouraged to alight the train here and enjoy the music on the platform, savouring the ambience as steam and sweet music fill the air and a glass of mulled wine and a warm mince pie.
Around 20:30 we will re-join the train for the short journey back to Wansford, arriving back at approximately 20:50.
Tables are limited so if you are wanting to enjoy a unique evening experience then make sure you book soon!
This evening experience is aimed towards customers aged 12 and over (alcohol will only be served to customers over the age of 18, ID maybe requested).
An admin fee will be applied for any booking amendments after purchase.