Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Operated by Leek and Rudyard Railway Ltd

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Santa Express Special Steam Trains

Santa will come again and see us and our Santa Express Special steam trains in the future. Trains did not run in 2014-2016 but should resume in 2017. When booked dress up warmly and come along with your children for a unique Santa steam train treat!


All the Children who take the Special Santa steam train experience with us receive a very good quality present from Santa and the adults have sherry and mince pies before or after seeing Santa.  


Santa Special Steam Trains depart from Rudyard Station only. You will enjoy a scenic steam train ride before alighting to see Santa in his Grotto by the Lake. The Grotto is inside in the warmth and dry of the lake activity centre. After seeing Santa you will then catch a later train back to the car park at Rudyard Station.


Santa often sails past in his boat on his way to the Grotto & meets the trains by the lake and talks to the children having parked his sled at the end of the Lake. We cannot guarantee that this will happen but every effort is made and we achieved 100% success in recent years. In 2010 it was touch and go as the lake was frozen for 2 weeks before; Santa's helpers and Captain Perry managed to break a path through many inches of ice by working every day over the mid December period. An exceptional heroic effort for which we were very grateful.


Each child and family get a quality opportunity for the children to speak to Santa & for the family to take photos. There are very good family photo opportunities to photograph or video the children with Santa as only one family group at a time meets Santa. We limit numbers of passengers on each train to try to ensure this. Our aim is a high quality, pleasurable experience for adults as well as the children.


Only ticket holders can travel on the trains and see Santa. Please arrive 15 minutes before your booked departure time to find your seats and have your tickets checked. The train will NOT be able to wait if you are late because this would cause delays to all the other passengers for the rest of the day. The experience takes about an hour and a quarter from the time the train departs until the train returns you to Rudyard.

Apologies to those wanting to book but we have unfortunately been forced to cancel our Santa Trains for 2016. Our winter works programme includes replacing the engine shed, which is a major undertaking for the railway, and we simply cannot fit all the works in during the original planned period. Normal santa service will resume in 2017.