Santa on track for kids' fun

SANTA is so far ahead of schedule with his preparations for Christmas this year that he had time to catch a train on the Ipswich line yesterday.

Much to the delight of young commuters, Santa left Brisbane in the morning and headed all the way out to Rosewood before making a return trip.

Stopping at each station, Santa posed for photos, sang carols and handed out candy canes as part of Queensland Rail’s Santa Express.

Bundamba mother Courtney Grant said seeing Santa on the train was the highlight of the day for sons Kain, 3, and Blake, 7.

“They loved it – they were still talking about it hours after the trip,” she said. “I think it’s a wonderful idea for the kids.”

The Santa Express service spent the week from December 13 to 17 spreading cheer all along the QR city train network.

Instant photos with Santa were available to all children for a gold coin donation to raise money for domestic violence charities.

The Santa Express was an additional service and was set up to not cause disruptions to the regular City network timetable.

Ipswich MP, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the Santa Express was available for anyone with a valid ticket or Go Card.

“We are delighted Santa can join us in spreading the Christmas cheer this festive season from Caboolture to Rosewood, Varsity Lakes to Cleveland, and everywhere in between,” she said.

TransLink advises that on Christmas Eve, next Friday, QR timetables will run as normal.

On Christmas Day, services will run hourly from Ipswich between 5.21am and 10.21am.

Services will run hourly from Rosewood between 6am and 10pm, with an extra service that will depart Rosewood at 10.30pm to finish at Ipswich.

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