US News Festive makeover for special Chiltern train

17:20  04 december  2017
17:20  04 december  2017 Source:

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The Santa Train arrives at London Marylebone (Chiltern Railways/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Santa Train

A rail company has given one of its trains a festive makeover.

Chiltern Railways has launched a train emblazoned with a multi-coloured image of Father Christmas and his sleigh full of gifts.

The special train – which normally carries the firm’s silver branding – will feature on the Chiltern line throughout the Christmas period.

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Families from Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Oxfordshire voluntary organisation Home-Start Banbury will travel on board for a day out in London with Father Christmas on December 16.

A spokesman for the train operator said: “The Chiltern Santa Train will fly down the track at 100 miles per hour and is the perfect way for Santa to deliver presents and transport customers with precious gifts between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street.”

Chiltern Railways is one of the few rail firms to run services on Boxing Day.

Passengers will be able to travel on special services between London Marylebone and Oxford Parkway, via High Wycombe, on December 26, when much of Britain’s rail network will be shutdown until the following day.

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