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How quickly these year has gone by, we seem to have gone from the 'Beast From the East' to a heatwave, and then back again to Winter in the blink of an eye, is it really time for the annual 'Santa Specials' already? For as long as I can remember I have always gone along and photographed the Santas, which you might think is a bit strange for a 'Bah Humbug' snotgobbler hater like me, but what is there not to like about a steam loco pulling 7 to 10 full coaches and in very cold air at that, when a good display of steam and smoke is almost guaranteed. Sadly it seems that I'm often in a minority of one, as I didn't see a single other photter around, and I can't work out if it is the headboards or the kids that put them off freom attending.

I did say that I have always gone along to photograph the Santas, but that is not strictlyb true, as last year I almost missed them completely due to an annoying back problem which put me out of action for several weeks. Hopefully I won't have any similar problems this year, and I can catch a few more of them at different locations along the line.

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