Some pictures from the 2017 Santa Specials Season
Visitors could later share Santa's seat in his grotto, after alighting from the train, back at Murton Park Station.
Following in the Specials Tradition. The Blackberry Line got that colloquial name from its popular blackberry picking special trains in the late 1920s. At other times, specials were run for enthusiasts and even for picnics.  DVLR's Santa Specials follow in the line's long successful tradition of providing enjoyment by running Special Trains.
There are pictures of 2016 Santa Special Season on DVLR's Facebook Page. Our webpage, Modern Times on DVLR  Includes pictures from 2015 Santa Specials.
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At right, elf & election candidate, (Lenin lookalike?), Jeremy Cauble was seeing everyone as they left the parcel depot.
The elves mingled with people in the canteen and the VIPs of the day, the children, were able to get photographs with Elves. Below, Elf-Cranberry is with three very happy looking kids.
The Controller. Who would think it, that such a well dressed gentleman, a toff with a perfect shine on his shoes would play that “bunny ears” trick? Great Laugh! Big lol
Now “undercover,” she’s ready for duty persuading the Elves and the occasional Fairy to pose for our camera (and what a colourful lot they are. )
The tour of Santa’s Village is essentially a unique brand of outdoor comedy theatrical performance, on the move, with an essence of seasonal pantomime, led by Chief Elf Bauble.  The show is enhanced by the colourful costumes of the Elves. It seemed “Elf-Öster,” helpful Elf of the East arrived, but she was really “Imp-Öster” impersonating an Elf. Why? Because the Elves outfits were so very colourful, the web-master wanted some closer pictures of them and asked Imp-Öster (with Elf written on her hat so as to make Elves believe she was one of the Elf-kind) to facilitate some photo opportunities.  She went to see Santa in his Grotto, first without her hat, then with. That seemed to work. So, she then gained the confidence of the Elves and the occasional Fairy and soon they were all happy to pose with her so we have some colourful photographs to share with you below on this webpage. Thanks Elves and occasional Fairy!!
All the children received ballot papers. Ballot boxes and pencils were available on the way out to the cafeteria, where adults got their complimentary sherry and mince pies. A range of other hot and cold food & drinks was also available. The muffins were definitely not to be missed. On to the cafeteria.
Has politics ever before been so good natured and so much fun? On to Santa’s Parcel Depot.
 Below is one candidate, promising the assembled electorate carrots!
The Elves, in turn, took to the hustings’ dais to plead their cases and make their promises.
Once the Santa Special was under way, Santa appeared again; this time inside the train with gifts for the children on board.
The Santa Special was undergoing routine preparations for departure when unannounced and to the excitement of the children on board, Santa appeared on the platform.
More photo-opportunities with Santa.
The Elves were canvassing for votes. The proceedings were hilarious & something of a pantomime. Oh! Yes, they were! 
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Derwent Valley Light Railway
Tour of Santa’s Village. Everyone going on the next Tour of Santa’s Village gathered in the hall of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming to hear about the tour with some very amusing quips, from the tour guide, Elf Bauble. Then he led everyone outside to communicate with Elf-Cranberry, driving a sleigh in the sky above, allegedly. So more fun, after which Chief Elf Bauble led everyone to Santa’s Village, but stopping to point out (with more humour) things on the way.  
On reaching Santa’s Village.
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York,YO19 5UF
Santa  Specials 2017
Following in the Specials Tradition. The Blackberry Line got that colloquial name from its popular blackberry picking special trains in the late 1920s. At other times, specials were run for enthusiasts and even for picnics.  DVLR's Santa Specials follow in the line's long successful tradition of providing enjoyment by running Special Trains. There are pictures of 2016 Santa Special Season. Find via Menu. Our webpage, Modern Times on DVLR Includes pictures from 2015 Santa Specials.
The Santa Special was undergoing routine preparations for departure when unannounced and to the excitement of the children on board, Santa appeared on the platform.
Once the Santa Special was under way, Santa appeared again; this time inside the train with gifts for the children aboard.
More photo-opportunities with Santa.
On reaching Santa’s Village. Tour of Santa’s Village. Everyone going on the next Tour of Santa’s Village gathered in the hall of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming to hear about the tour with some very amusing quips, from the tour guide, Elf Bauble. Then he led everyone outside to communicate with Elf-Cranberry, driving a sleigh in the sky above, allegedly. So more fun, after which Chief Elf Bauble led everyone to Santa’s Village, but stopping to point out (with still more humour) things on the way.             
The Elves were canvassing for votes. The proceedings were hilarious & something of a pantomime.    Oh! Yes, they were! 
 Below is one candidate, promising the assembled electorate carrots!
Has politics ever before been so good natured and so much fun? On to Santa’s Parcel Depot.
At right, Elf & election candidate, (Lenin lookalike?), Jeremy Cauble was seeing everyone as they left the parcel depot.
All the children received ballot papers. Ballot boxes and pencils were available on the way out to the cafeteria, where adults got their complimentary sherry and mince pies. A range of other hot and cold food & drinks was also available. The muffins were definitely not to be missed. On to the cafeteria.
The elves mingled with people in the canteen and the VIPs of the day, the children, were able to get photographs with Elves. Below, Elf-Cranberry is with three very happy looking kids.
Below, the helpful Elf of the East arrived. “Elf-Öster” was really a planted “Imp-Öster” in an elf hat. The tour of Santa’s Village is essentially a unique brand of outdoor comedy theatrical performance, on the move, with an essence of seasonal pantomime, led by Chief Elf Bauble. The Elves outfits were very colourful so the web-master wanted some closer pictures of them and asked Imp-Öster (with Elf written on her hat so as to make Elves believe she was one of the Elf-kind) so as to facilitate some photo opportunities.  She went to see Santa in his Grotto, first without her hat, then with. The Elves were also all happy to pose with her and we have some colourful photographs to share with you on this website.
Now undercover, she’s ready for duty persuading the Elves and the occasional fairy to pose for us and what a colourful lot they are.
The Controller. Who would think that such a well dressed man with perfect shiny shoes would play that “bunny ears” trick? Great Laugh!