A Santa Special and a North Pole Shuttle…

Xmas 2013 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Barclay 0-6-0T No.W38 AjaxThe season of Santa Special’s is always special on heritage railways.  As a result of lots of hard work by volunteers, the Christmas spirit is fantastic, with Santa, presents, mince pies, Christmas music and decorations aplenty!  This is as true on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway as it is on any other, as can be seen in these photographs.

Xmas 2013 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Hunslet Austerity WD192 WaggonerWD192 Wagonner, a Hunslet Austerity locomotive in an attractive blue livery was pulling the full, heavy passenger train, whilst Barclay 0-6-0T No.W38 Ajax served as the “North Pole Shuttle”.

Xmas 2013 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Barclay 0-6-0T No.W38 AjaxThese pictures were taken at Havenstreet on 22nd December and hopefully go some way to showing the joy of steam at Christmas!

Xmas 2013 - Isle of Wight Steam Railway - Havenstreet - Hunslet Austerity WD192 WaggonerA small band was playing, mince pies were being served and Santa Claus was in his grotto.  What more could you want?!

Merry Christmas Locoyard followers!  I hope you are enjoying Christmas Eve with your loved ones.  Tomorrow we will see a few more pictures from the Isle of Wight in a Christmas message to you all.  Until then, enjoy the festivities!

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