We are pleased to announce that we will be running Santa Express trains in December 2022.

Advice for Passengers

Our station is in Moor Road in Hunslet, which is in South Leeds. To find it, set your Satnav for the postcode LS10 2JQ. Be aware that there is another Moor Road in Leeds, but this is in Headingley, and several miles away.

Please make every effort to arrive at least 20 minutes before your train is due to depart. The trains must run to time, and so they can not wait for you. If you miss your train we will do our best to make alternative arrangements for you, but we can not guarantee that this will be possible.

Please make allowances for possible delays from traffic congestion on the roads, and especially if you are having to travel across Leeds, or use any of the motorways: it only needs one minor incident to clog the roads up badly.

In particular, if Leeds United are playing at home, there will be huge traffic congestion in much of South Leeds, including the roads round our railway, for up to 3 hours before kick-off. Currently they have home games scheduled for the following days when we are running our Santa trains:

  • Sunday 5th December, with kick-off at 14:00;
  • Saturday 18th December, with kick-off at 17:30.

Because all of the trains are sold out, please do not come to the railway unless you already have tickets booked. There will not be any extra tickets on sale during the day.

Meeting Santa

Christmas magic will start the moment that you enter our festively decorated Engine House. You will be asked to follow the signs upstairs and through the lit walkway to the waiting area, where you will pick up your tickets and present vouchers from our Ticket Manager. Then at the appropriate time the Train Manager will take you out to the Santa Express waiting in the platform. On your journey to the park and back Santa will have a specially selected present for each member of his young audience.

When the train returns to Moor Road, please make your way through the decorated Display Hall where you can see Santa in his grotto, and then enjoy tea or coffee with mince pies for the adults, or juice and biscuits for the children.

Santa scenes

Our popular Santa Express Trains start running on Saturday 3rd December 2022. Each child aged up to 12 years inclusive for whom a fare has been paid will be given a present by Santa whilst travelling on the train.

Babies aged 0 to 12 months, who do not require a seat or a present from Santa, travel free. For these trains children aged 13 years and above are treated as adults, and are not eligible for a present from Santa.

Our Santa Trains are very popular and so you are strongly advised to book in advance, and this is also cheaper. For Christmas Eve advance booking is essential, as tickets are not normally sold on the day. Details of how to book in advance are given below.

Please note that our Santa Express trains are not normal service trains, in that each ticket is valid only for one round trip on the specified train. This means that you must return from Park Halt on the same train; the option of getting off at Park Halt and returning on a later train is not available.

Because of limited space, we regret that the only animals we can permit on the Santa Trains are assistance dogs. During our normal operating season, from Easter to the end of October, dogs on leads are very welcome.

Trains will normally be hauled by a steam locomotive, but occasionally operating conditions (such as bad weather) may mean that a diesel locomotive has to be added to the rear of the train.

As these trains are operated primarily for children travelling with their families and friends, we ask all visitors to be sensitive with regard to photography, on or near the trains.

Also, ventilation is an important precaution against the possible spread of colds, flu or corona virus, and so we will be keeping windows open whenever practical. Please do wrap up warmly.

Train Times

Timetable

The dates when trains will run, and the times at which they will run, are shown in this table.

Service Code A B C D E F G H
Saturday December 3rd 10:00 Quiet 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Sunday December 4th 10:00 Quiet 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Saturday December 10th 10:00 Quiet 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Sunday December 11th 10:00 Quiet 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Saturday December 17th 10:00 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Sunday December 18th 10:00 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Friday December 23rd 10:00 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45
Saturday December 24th 10:00 10:45 11:30 12:15 13:30 14:15 15:00 15:45

Note: trains shown in this colour are sold out, and no more tickets are available for them.
Please do not call to ask if there might be any tickets available, as we can tell you now that there aren't. Sold Out does mean Sold Out!
Note: trains shown in this colour now have very few seats still available.

Quiet Trains

As shown in the table above, the 10.00 train on each of the following days will be a "quiet train":

  • Saturday 3rd December;
  • Sunday 4th December;
  • Saturday 10th December; and
  • Sunday 11th December.

This means that there will be more space on the coaches for people with disabilities, or who wish to be spaced out so as to enjoy a quiet atmosphere.

Fares

Please note that concessionary fare offers, members’ free tickets, complimentary tickets, HRA passes and other passes are not valid for Santa Express services. The only exception to this is free travel for a carer accompanying a fare-paying passenger. Please telephone for further details of this.

Booked in advance

Pre-booking is mandatory for Christmas Eve Trains (24th December)

Adult (includes child aged 13 or more): £11.75 (£12.75 for 24th December)

Child (3 to 12 years inclusive): £14.75 (£15.75 for 24th December)

Child (Under 3 years, with a present from Santa): £10.00 (£11.00 for 24th December)

Babies (0 to 12 months, with no present and no seat): FREE.

Note that there are no additional booking charges for booking in advance.

Booked on day of travel

Please note that these tickets will not be available on Christmas Eve (24th December).

For any day, if all the trains for that day have been fully booked in advance, then booking will only be possible if any passengers who have booked in advance do not arrive in time for their train.

Adult (includes child aged 13 or more): £12.75

Child (3 to 12 years inclusive): £15.75

Child (Under 3 years, with a present from Santa): £11.00

Babies (0 to 12 months, with no present and no seat): FREE.

How to book

Online

Please note that there are now no tickets left that are available to be booked online.

We can take online bookings through a separate booking site, provided for us by Wilson Digital Media Ltd. There is no additional charge for online bookings.

Tickets cannot be booked online after 02:00 on the Thursday before the train runs.

Note 1: the booking site will open in a new browser tab or window.

Note 2: if the train for which you wish to book is shown on the booking site as either "SOLD OUT" or "Limited Seats - CALL" then you will not be able to book online, and will need to book either by telephone or in person, as described below.

Note 3: for online orders, the number of tickets for one booking is limited to 10, and so if you are wanting to book for a large party it will probably be better to do this by telephone or in person, as described below.

When you make an online booking you will receive an email message confirming your booking, and giving you a unique booking reference number. Please make a careful record of this, and then bring it with you to the Ticket Desk on your day of travel, and it will be used to issue you with your tickets. If you do not receive such a message within a few minutes of booking, please check your email spam folders!

Telephone

Telephone bookings are now open. Please note that when booking in advance by telephone, tickets must be paid for at the time of booking.

We accept most major credit and debit cards (except American Express & Diners Card), so please look at the booking form in our Santa leaflet here (which will open in another browser tab or window) and either print a copy if you wish, or make a note of your requirements. Then call our Santa Hotline on 07376 744 799 (Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm only, please) and let us know what you wish to book.

Once your booking has been made you will be given a unique booking reference number, and you need to keep a note of this, bring it to the Ticket Desk on your day of travel and it will be exchanged for your tickets and present vouchers. Also, you will be given your payment card transaction receipt.

Please note that, apart from the online booking facility, we do NOT use any ticketing agencies for booking these trains, and because we are all volunteers there may be times when you get an answering service for a call to our Santa Hotline. If this happens then please state your name and number twice, speaking slowly and clearly, and we will get back to you as soon as possible (usually on the same day, but we can not guarantee this).

In Person

ou may book your tickets in advance at our Moor Road Ticket Office, at any time when the railway is open and running trains. Note, though, that during November we will be closed in order to prepare for the Santa Express trains, and so you will have to book either online or by telephone. Most major credit and debit cards are accepted (except American Express & Diners Card), as well as cash or cheques.

Terms and Conditions

Please click here to see the terms and conditions that apply to the Santa Express trains. This page will open in a new tab or window in your browser,


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