* Llangollen Railway apprentice Sam Ellis, from Hope,
fixes the Santa Special head-board to steam locomotive
No. 7822, Foxcote Manor, ready for the first departure.
Tickets for the popular Santa Special at Llangollen Railway in the run-up to Christmas are selling well.
Many of the trains are already completely sold out.
A total of 44 trains are scheduled to run through the Dee valley, starting today, Satureday, December 1, and going through to Christmas Eve.
Over 7,600 seats have been on offer, but the unsold places are currently clustered around the early trains this weekend and on the mid-week trains for Thursday/Friday, December 20/21.
The weekends of December 8/9 and December 15/16 have proved particularly popular with families keen to experience the annual meeting with Santa on the steam train at Llangollen.
A railway spokesperson said that anyone wishing to book now will need to have a range of options for times and dates if they are to be accommodated for a pre-Christmas ride on the train.