Full steam ahead for Santa Special miniature train at Audley End

PUBLISHED: 14:26 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 28 November 2017

Puffing through the steam with engine driver. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Puffing through the steam with engine driver. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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The miniature steam railway train at Audley End was so packed at the weekend that our photographer Roger King had to sit on top of the engine’s tender to get his pictures - some of them through the steam.

The steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Families joined in the fun riding along on the open train, going into Santa’s Grotto, where they met Father Christmas and the elves who did a dance for them and where Santa wished everyone a happy Christmas and gave the children a gift. The elves were also very helpful taking photographs of families,

The steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

As well as the train ride, there was a special North Pole Post Office and craft station where children can write their letters to Father Christmas and post them. There is also face painting and story telling as well as mulled wine on sale for the grown ups.

The steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe steam train goes right through Santa's Grotto where children meet Father Christmas and see elves dancing. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Audley End Santa Special runs at weekends up to and including Christmas Eve.

The up line meets the down line. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe up line meets the down line. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Elizabeth Salter and Poppy Phillips post their letters to Santa. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOElizabeth Salter and Poppy Phillips post their letters to Santa. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Christmas, here we come! Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOChristmas, here we come! Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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