Friday, 4 January 2013
A train full of passengers made a festive trip to Manchester on Sunday and were joined by a very special guest, Father Christmas. Santa joined the train to say hello to boys and girls young and old and to hand out Christmas gifts. The festive mood aboard was provided by live music and carols from Thurlstone Training Band and locally sourced food and drinks.
This specially chartered train is an annual event organized by local community rail group, Penistone Line Partnership with a different destination each year. This year
passengers joining the train at stations between Barnsley and Huddersfield and at Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge got to enjoy some Christmas shopping in Manchester before returning home.
Tickets sell fast each year and the 2012 train has raised funds for the Oliver Field Appeal, a charity raising funds for a two year old from Huddersfield to give him access to treatment for Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.
Penistone Line Partnership run several music trains annually, to promote the railway line and raise funds for their own work and other good causes. Neil Bentley, Chair of Penistone Line Partnership said:
“We are delighted to be raising funds for such a worthy cause in such a warm and festive way. It’s a real team effort with volunteer drivers, crew and other resources provided free of charge by Northern Rail. Our own volunteers provide a fabulous welcome for the passengers and we love using the train to allow Santa’s reindeer to take a few hours off while he takes the train.”