Take a ride on an illuminated train line through the Essex countryside for a winter journey with a festive soundtrack and dazzling trackside illuminations, featuring illuminated reindeer and brightly lit stations. The train is planned to be hauled by a steam locomotive for part of the journey, although they reserve the right to substitute a diesel if needs be. You can book your own compartment ( for up to 6 or for up to 8) or just take an ordinary seat for ; the journey lasts about an hour. Alas, Santa will not be appearing on these trains - apparently he and the elves will be busy wrapping presents. However there are some special train times where you can catch a ride with Santa - see here for details.