Creepy capers and fiendish family fun were just the ticket on the Marston Vale Line (Bedford – Bletchley) on Friday 28th October as the annual Ghost Train rolled into town! The Fancy Dress Express was busy with a large number of children in an amazing variety of spooky costumes! A number of adults took the opportunity to get into the spirit too!
The train was suitably decorated for the occasion and all children in fancy dress were given a themed goody bag packed with games and puzzles. A local face painter and balloon modeller were also available to keep everyone entertained during their journey.
The special service was arranged by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Midland. All of the activities on the train were provided free of charge.
A team of eight volunteers were on hand during the event to assist passengers, distribute information concerning forthcoming events and sell refreshments.
News of the Ghost Train spread beyond stations between Bedford and Bletchley with passengers travelling from as far afield as Nottingham, Kettering and Luton.
A survey distributed to passengers with their event pack generated a great deal of positive feedback.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said,
“The Ghost Train has become a firm fixture in the Community Rail Partnership calendar. We had one of our best events yet with four popular trains, and many families taking the opportunity to travel on the Marston Vale Line for the first time. A number of regular passengers enjoyed a journey home with a difference too!”