Engineering works along the Ribble Valley line derails Santa

SANTA’S annual journey through East Lancashire has had to be derailed – due to a series of 'essential' engineering works.

For more than five years the Santa Special, operated by Ribble Valley Rail, has delighted young and old alike in East Lancashire, in the run-up to Christmas.

Train carriages are decked out in tinsel, streamers and balloons, goody bags provided for youngsters and there was even sherry and mince pies for adults.

But rail bosses have announced that the Santa Specials have been sidelined for 2013 because of ‘essential’ engineering works along the Ribble Valley Line during December.

The train service formerly set off from Blackburn and called at Ramsgreave and Wilpshire, Langho and Whalley, en-route to Clitheroe.

A Community Rail Lancashire spokesman said: "Network Rail are currently carrying out essential engineering works on the railway line between Blackburn and Hellifield.

"All trains services are being replaced by buses between Bolton and Clitheroe and between Blackpool North and Hellifield.

"Unfortunately this means that the annual Santa Special train operated by Ribble Valley Rail in partnerhsip with Northern Rail has had to be cancelled in 2013."

Rail volunteers have pledged that the Sunday service will return in 2014. And festive travellers have at least one alternative.

The East Lancashire Railway, running between Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom, and beyond, will still be running their Santa Special today (Sat) and tomorrow (Sun).

And bosses at ELR, which also serves Irwell Vale and Summerseat, are also planning to run a Santa Shopper special next Wednesday (Dec 18).

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6:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I can understand the use of the word "derailed" when talking about plans that fail and events that don't happen, but perhaps it's not the best or most accurate word to use when that event is a train? Nice cheap headline grabbing tactic I guess though, well done for that one LT!
I can understand the use of the word "derailed" when talking about plans that fail and events that don't happen, but perhaps it's not the best or most accurate word to use when that event is a train? Nice cheap headline grabbing tactic I guess though, well done for that one LT! HelmshoreMan2010

9:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Dickiepayshey says...

Quote .........."All trains services are being replaced by buses between Bolton and Clitheroe and between Blackpool North and Hellifield.

When are the train services being replaced between Bolton and Clitheroe please ?
Quote .........."All trains services are being replaced by buses between Bolton and Clitheroe and between Blackpool North and Hellifield. When are the train services being replaced between Bolton and Clitheroe please ? Dickiepayshey

12:07am Sat 14 Dec 13

burner says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I can understand the use of the word "derailed" when talking about plans that fail and events that don't happen, but perhaps it's not the best or most accurate word to use when that event is a train? Nice cheap headline grabbing tactic I guess though, well done for that one LT!
Good of you to point that out. Kind of you to signal us. Set us on the right lines, Keep us on track. If you want the job permanantly, put in a tender !! . . . . . loads more where that came from, I've been well trained .
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I can understand the use of the word "derailed" when talking about plans that fail and events that don't happen, but perhaps it's not the best or most accurate word to use when that event is a train? Nice cheap headline grabbing tactic I guess though, well done for that one LT![/p][/quote]Good of you to point that out. Kind of you to signal us. Set us on the right lines, Keep us on track. If you want the job permanantly, put in a tender !! . . . . . loads more where that came from, I've been well trained . burner

5:38am Sat 14 Dec 13

ricksh says...

Dickiepayshey wrote:
Quote .........."All trains services are being replaced by buses between Bolton and Clitheroe and between Blackpool North and Hellifield.

When are the train services being replaced between Bolton and Clitheroe please ?
Sunday 15 December all services are being replaced by buses
[quote][p][bold]Dickiepayshey[/bold] wrote: Quote .........."All trains services are being replaced by buses between Bolton and Clitheroe and between Blackpool North and Hellifield. When are the train services being replaced between Bolton and Clitheroe please ?[/p][/quote]Sunday 15 December all services are being replaced by buses ricksh

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