The Santa Special

Details

Location

Whitehead

Year

1983

Source

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

03min 21sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, Sam Bell

Rights Holder

Sam Bell

Description

Catch a rare glimpse of the Santa Special during a summer vacation at the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.

This little engine was built in 1928 and withdrawn from service in 1959. The No. 3 “R.H. Smyth” was destined for the scrapyard until rescued by Reverend L.H. Campbell and given over to the RPSI who restored it to working order by the summer of 1977. This second career began by taking visitors at Whitehead, like the people seen in this film by Sam Bell, on short steam journeys including the early Santa trains and Easter Bunny Eggspress.

Credits

This home movie is courtesy of Sam Bell. 
 

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