The festive steam train you can get through Devon this Christmas

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People have gathered in Devon to see the festive Train of Lights display on the Dartmouth Steam railway.

Organisers have decked the steam train with hundreds of lights so people can enjoy the sights from miles away as it travels out of Paignton, through the south Devon countryside, and down the River Dart.

The spectacle could not go ahead last winter but it has returned this year, much to the delight of local people.

Sereny Damon from Dartmouth Steam Railway said it was "fantastic" to have the display back.

"Here we are, giving people a great evening out. I think this train running is almost like the fabric of this community", she said.

"When we couldn't run last year, it felt an awful loss so running this here now just makes it for everybody."

A great deal of effort goes in to setting up the Train of Lights - it takes weeks to rig up the lights and there's even a control centre on board to programme the display.

Engineer, Jack Burnitt helped organise the event. He said: "There's approximately 1.5 miles of rope light on the whole train.

"And then there's about 120 spot lamps right the way underneath as well."

He added that seeing people enjoy the display either on board the train or from a distance 'keeps him smiling'.

Tickets for the Train of Lights display, which will go on until the end of December, can be bought here.