Steam locomotive 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier will operate Wensleydale Railway’s POLAR EXPRESS™

In a repeat of last year’s events, the Wensleydale Railway has secured the services of Black Five steam locomotive No. 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier for this year’s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train journeys.

Working in partnership with PNP Events Ltd, the railway is the main UK venue for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride event.

Held from Saturday November 12th to Friday December 23rd, and with 63,000 passengers ready to enjoy a magical journey to the North Pole, the event will be packed.

After Christmas, on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th December, the railway’s popular Mince Pie train services will allow customers to shed their cobwebs after Christmas by traveling in style on a steam journey through the heart of the valleys from Yorkshire. .

Services will be transported by The Lancashire Fusilier between Leeming Bar and Leyburn. Accommodation will be in the newly refurbished railway carriages, and while enjoying complimentary minced pie and hot beverages will be served during the trip.

There is also a premium option with a selection of Wensleydale cheeses and a glass of sherry. For children there will be a range of onboard activities including colouring, word searches, spot the difference and The Snowman Trail with a prize if they complete the pack.

As well as running Christmas specials, the railway serves the local community and offers tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales. Outside the Christmas season, the railway currently operates between Scruton in the Mowbray Valley and Leyburn on the outskirts of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Lancashire Fusilier was built for the LMS in 1937 by Armstrong Whitworth in Newcastle. He is based in Bury in Lancashire and works regularly on the Settle and Carlisle route and West Coast Railways ‘Jacobite Express’ steam services between Fort William and Mallaig.

A railroad spokesperson said: “The return of the Black 5 locomotive is a wonderful way to end our 2022 operating season. We are delighted to once again host the Polar Express Christmas event which has seen a huge success and to introduce Wensleydale Railway to visitors from across the UK.

Jose P. Rogers