Santa Express

Santa ExpressSanta will again be taking up residence in his grotto on the Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford on Saturday 10th December.  The special service is being provided by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Midland. Services will leave as follows (calling at all stations):

  •     Bletchley –10:01, 12:01 & 2:01
  •     Fenny Stratford – 10:04, 12:04 & 2:04

The train will be specially decorated, with Santa & his team busy taking Christmas requests from all the children on board.  A special Christmas gift will be given to each child visiting the grotto.

Santa will be joined by a face painter and a balloon modeller to keep everybody entertained during the journey through the heart of the picturesque Marston Vale.  A variety of seasonal refreshments will also be on sale.

Please note the Santa Special takes place on the normal scheduled train service on which seat reservations are not available. There is no additional charge to visit Santa!

Normal train fares apply. Cheap day returns between Bletchley and Bedford are just £6.20 for adults and £3.10 for children between 5 and 15.  If you are travelling in a group of friends or family the Marston Vale Line is even better value with the GroupSave ticket through which up to four adults can travel for the price of two on off-peak services with up to four children traveling with the group for just £1 each – under 5s go free.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Bletchley station or any other staffed rail station or alternatively via the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership website –

Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said

“I am delighted that Santa has found a space in his extremely hectic pre-Christmas schedule to visit us on the Marston Vale Line.   Do join us for a great fun family day out on Bedfordshire’s very own community railway! Why not combine your journey on the Santa Special with a visit to the fantastic Bedford Victorian Christmas Fair?”

For further information please contact Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, c/o Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on 01234 832645, e-mail or visit


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