Skip to main content

4 December 2017

As we count down the days until Christmas, Chiltern Railways has unveiled the newest addition to its fleet – The Chiltern Santa Train which is believed to be the UK’s fastest sleigh.

Led by Santa, the Chiltern Santa Train will fly down the track at 100 miles per hour and is the perfect way for Santa to deliver presents and transport customers with precious gifts between London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street.

Conceived as part of Chiltern’s push for the UK to “Get Festive”, the company engaged specialist train sleigh makers, Charles Rayner LTD to install a magical vinyl ‘wrap’ of Santa’s sleigh on one of its silver trains.

The train was transformed into a sleigh over a two-day period and will feature on the Chiltern line until after Christmas.

Santa’s elves have also been recruited to bring Christmas cheer and will be helping customers at Chiltern stations. Other festive celebrations will include carolling at stations and Father Christmas taking his Santa Train on an adventure with specially selected families from Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Home-Start Banbury onboard for a day out in London on 16 December.

The Santa Train's first visit to Marylebone station

- ENDS -

For further media information and high-resolution images, please contact the Chiltern Railways press office on 020 3856 2226 or

Visit our website - to view the most recent press releases.

Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe. Arriva employs more than 60,000 people and delivers over 2 billion passenger journeys across 14 European countries each year.


Editor’s notes: