CORRIS Railway sold out all of its 2021 Santa Train services at the weekend, as seats were booked online in advance this year.

Part of the carriage shed at Maespoeth Junction was adapted to host Santa Claus who presented gifts to children and welcomed adult passengers for refreshments after their train journey along part of the Dulas Valley.

The railway’s shop and museum at Corris were open, giving visitors a chance to buy festive and other items including the 2022 calendar.

The Santa Special steam train at Corris Railway. Images: Jack Evans.

Passenger train services will resume at Easter 2022, subject to developments with coronavirus variants. In the meantime, remodelling of the track layout at Corris Station will be carried out to include a run-round loop, facilitated by a traverser.

Sleepers and track fittings have been delivered and other preparation work was carried out in November. The revised layout will include a new platform for passengers, with donations towards the cost welcomed.

Donations can either be made via www.corris.co.uk or by cheque, payable to Corris Railway, sent to The Corris Railway, Station Yard, Corris, Machynlleth, SY20 9SH. Donors are asked to state on their cheques for work at the station.