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All steamed up for Christmas

All steamed up for Christmas

The Santa Express, also known as the JA 1260 locomotive, was decked out for Christmas and offering rides for steam train enthusiasts at the Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum's Christmas open day on Sunday.

Ashburton Railway and Preservation Society (ARPS) president Lorayne Oakley said the day was a success, despite the weather.

Santa and his helpers Shamika (left) and Makeda Epilo also paid a visit to the historic station on Sunday.