Christmas train pulls in to Alnmouth Station

One of the Virgin Christmas Trains pulled in to Alnmouth Station this afternoon. Picture by Steve Miller.
One of the Virgin Christmas Trains pulled in to Alnmouth Station this afternoon. Picture by Steve Miller.

Heads were turned when this Christmas-themed Virgin Train, sporting a blue livery in place of the famous Virgin red, pulled in to Alnmouth Station this afternoon.

The eye-catching design, which features Father Christmas and his sleigh, was created by 11-year-old Madeleine Deakin from Suffolk, as part of Virgin's Christmas Train design competition. Her winning entry has transformed the Class 91 train into a Claus 91.

The Virgin Christmas Train at Alnmouth Station today. Picture by Steve Miller.

The Virgin Christmas Train at Alnmouth Station today. Picture by Steve Miller.

Madeleine was one of two winners, with the penguin-themed design by nine-year-old Amber Maxfield, from Carlisle, also selected, turning the Pendolino train into a Penguilino.

Virgin Trains unveiled its two Christmas trains at King's Cross Station, in London, yesterday and they will run up and down on the West Coast and East Coast routes over the Christmas period, each bearing the name of its young designer. The competition attracted hundreds of entries from all across the UK and was judged by a panel headed by children's author Jill Murphy.