Here it comes, with excited children on board from the previous trip.
The valiant engine, named 'Albert' but re-christened The North Pole Express for today's trips.
Happy, smiling children - my youngest granddaughter and her big brother.
Surpriiiise! Guess who's just appeared in the doorway of our carriage? He was very tall and wearing a bright red suit.
And he brought presents - a set of three juggling balls for Leo . . .
. . . and Eleanor took her time opening her present, waiting until The Big Man had gone!
Ooooohhhh can you smell that lovely steam train smell? I confess that I loved this outing as much as, if not more than, the children. This was the North Pole station where we could get off the train, meet and have photos taken with Santa.
Oops! Sorry about the sideways Santa photo.
Eleanor found him a bit scary but she was OK once Daddy picked her up.
Through the window . . .
But there's always a joker!
Daddy reading the instructions out struck Leo as really funny!.
The North Pole Express left from Plym Valley Railway in Plympton and cost just £5 per person - which I reckon was excellent value.
After our trip, we all enjoyed freshly made doughnuts before going home for mugs of hot chocolate. Mmmmmm . . . . .