Santa Specials 2016

Following many enquiries throughout the year, tickets for the Wirral Model Engineering Society’s Santa Specials 2016 went on sale on October 2nd. Within four hours all places had been taken! Everyone who queued was fitted into the train booking arrangements and given a day and time when their trip would take place.

The Santa Specials ran on Saturdays and Sundays the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of December, commencing at 10.40 am.

The weather was dry and cold but there was a short period of rain on the first Saturday that lasted three quarters of an hour.

Members arrived early each day and proceeded to decorate the area with festive lights and accessories. Two inflatable Snowmen also graced the scene and were a bit miffed there was no snow over the event!

The Society was pleased to host a visit by the Deputy Mayor of Wirral Councillor Ann McLachlan and her consort Mr. Bill McLachlan. They arrived at 10.30 and enjoyed a ride and a visit to Santa accompanied by their grandchildren.

Over the four days of the event just about everyone who had booked to visit Santa turned up and participated in the event. Following a traffic accident on the nearby motorway some participants were unfortunately delayed but we were able to fit them in. Santa was happy to see them!

All of our carriages were in use to provide the train rides to Santa. Each family or group travelled on his or her own train and our visitors appreciated this feature. The locomotives used were mainly steam powered and due to the cold weather there were lots of steamy scenes around the track, plus an illuminating reindeer!

When the evening went dark the illuminations were more visible and lent a nice festive spirit to the occasion.

All children visiting Santa received a token gift and hopefully had something to remember the visit by until Santa arrived on Christmas Day!

Many thanks to all the Society members and friends who helped out with the four days of operations; it was a great team effort! Thanks also to Santa who was there each day – luckily he was able to spare time from wrapping all the presents to welcome our excited visitors of all ages who believed in Santa!

And finally, many thanks to everyone who booked and supported our Santa Specials; we hope you had an enjoyable visit.

Images Dave Morris

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