- Lincoln Christmas Market
Held around three weeks before Christmas, the market spreads around the historic centre of Lincoln including the castle and cathedral. As well as stalls selling goods there is a funfair with
Ferris wheel, open air classical music and rock concerts and traditional events such as beer barrel rolling.
The number of visitors is so great that a circular one-way system for pedestrians around the streets of Lincoln is put into place. The route includes travelling through the grounds of
Lincoln Castle, something not normally possible without paying an entry fee.
During the weekend of the market, charter trains are organised from around Britain. In 2006 this included Central Trains hiring a Class 47-hauled set from the
West Coast Railway Companyfor additional and increased capacity services between Leicester, Nottingham and Lincoln Central. Hertfordshire Rail Toursorganised a charter of their Blue Pullman train up from London Kings Cross, whilst a further SRPS organised train travelled down starting from the Scottish town of Linlithgow, then proceeding via Edinburgh and the East Coast Main Line.
In previous years, Central Trains have leased the use of an HST set from
Midland Mainlinefor the Nottingham–Lincoln shuttle. Other rail tours for the Christmas Market, including stream-hauled trains, have set out from Blackpool and the Londonstations of Finsbury Park and London Victoria. Carriages from the classic Venice-Simplon Orient Expresstrain have been used on some of these services.
* [http://www.christmasmarkets.com Christmas Markets]
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