STEAM train fans are flocking to secure their seats for the Severn Valley Railway’s range of Christmas experiences - which begin later this month.

With limited availability on some services, and a sell-out on others, the railway is hoping for a bumper Christmas season this year.

The Steam in Lights services depart from Bridgnorth, starting on November 19, with the train, adorned with thousands of glittering lights, travelling through the winter evenings.

Events manager Lewis Maddox said: “Everyone will be astounded by the magic, and we’re are delighted to be working with a local performing arts company on the entertainment for Steam in Lights, as well as our other Christmas services.”

Bridgnorth-based Reach Out Arts have been collaborating with the SVR for several years, and are providing pre-departure entertainment at Bridgnorth station for Steam in Lights, as well as the Christmas show at Arley that forms a central part of the Santa Train experience.

This year, the company also developed the script for the brand new Enchanted Express experience, which has been recorded by Dame Julie Walters in readiness for the event.

Although The Enchanted Express has sold out, there are still seats available on services for Steam in Lights (departing from Bridgnorth), the Santa Trains (departing from Kidderminster) and the Carol Train services (from Kidderminster) which feature a festive concert at The Engine House, Highley.