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Monday, October 25, 2021

Railway's urgent call for Christmas Specials volunteers

* Carrog station dressed for Christmas a few years ago.

Santa has put out an urgent appeal for helpers to assist Llangollen Railway with making its Christmas Special services a success.

Mike Dodgson, volunteer co-ordinator for the Trust Board that has taken over the running of the heritage attraction, said: "The Santa season is back and we are appealing for volunteers.

"Normally we cope with regular station and annual helpers to cover these services but this year is very different as we are very depleted in these areas.

"So this is a call to everyone who cares about Llangollen Railway to help to run the service this year successfully and cater for our customers who expect us to deliver a good experience.

"There will be one train in service, running three services each day, over 11 days.

"This year we are only handing out Christmas presents on the train itself. There will be no Baileys or mince pies."

Dates for the Santa Special services are: 

  • Sat/Sun 4th/5th December
  • Sat/Sun 11th/12th December
  • Sat/Sun 18th/19th December
  • Wed/Thu/Fri 22nd/23rd/24th December

The roles the railway needs to fill are:

The roles we require are:

On the train:

  • Santa
  • Chief Elf
  • Elves x 4
  • TTI / Train Captain
  • Train steward

Llangollen Station:

  • Station Master and Deputy Station Master
  • Station Staff x 3
  • Station helpers x 3

Station Duties are below, rotating of these duties is encouraged.

  • Customer welcoming, interaction, care and safety
  • Buggy parking
  • Showing customers to their allotted coach and seats
  • Keeping public areas on the station clean ( including toilets)
  • Assisting the train staff cleaning the train in-between services, and after the end of service each day

* You can volunteer via the railway's HOPS system if you are an active volunteer

If you are not an active volunteer but you are a member of the Trust please email:

Mike Dodgson added: "We look forward to hearing from you to help us to deliver an amazing experience for everyone involved, especially the children who may ultimately be our future volunteers."

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