The Alberni Pacific Railway’s 34th annual Santa Train broke attendance records in 2018 with 1,792 passengers visiting with Santa Claus while riding the train to Kitsuksis Trestle and back.
Members of the Industrial Heritage Society and the railroad ran five runs on each of Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.
“We had some big numbers this weekend. On Saturday 880 happy passengers rode the train,” Ken Rutherford said. “On Sunday we had even more, with 912 passengers on the train (for a) total of 1792 passengers, which is new all-time record!
“The hot chocolate sales have not been totalled yet but I’m sure we did well.”
More than 40 volunteers helped make the Santa Train happen, from the decorating crew to the train prep and ride crews, Santa and helpers, ticket sellers, cookie makers, Sally Anderson with her flags along the route, and Linda and family on the bubble machine.