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A FULL Christmas dinner was cooked with the help of a locomotive yesterday.

With preparations for Christmas in full swing, staff at the National Railway Museum, in York, turned their attention to festive food with a full dinner cooked in the smoke box of Teddy, a locomotive that hauls the museum’s Santa Steam Adventure over the festive season.

Rail operations manager Noel Hartley enjoys sausages that he cooked on the footplate of the steam locomotive Teddy, as part of a full Christmas dinner

Rail operations manager Noel Hartley enjoys sausages that he cooked on the footplate of the steam locomotive Teddy, as part of a full Christmas dinner

On the menu for this dinner with a difference was a turkey with all the trimmings, including roast potatoes, parsnips and firebox-fried pigs in blankets and brussels sprouts. No Christmas dinner is complete without a pudding and this was served with custard and brandy butter to a group of hungry museum volunteers.

The turkey took four hours to cook in the smoke box ready to be served up to the volunteers at a slap up Christmas lunch later in the day.

Noel Hartley, rail operations manager at the National Railway Museum said yesterday: “Cooking on a steam loco is not as straight forward as you may think and you can’t rehearse at home unless you have a steam loco in the garden!

“I’ve cooked many things in a smoke box from bacon butties to roasts before but a full Christmas dinner for our amazing volunteers who have helped us so much throughout the year is a worthy challenge,” Mr Hartley added.

Rail operations manager Noel Hartley enjoys sausages that he cooked on the footplate of the steam locomotive Teddy, as part of a full Christmas dinner

Rail operations manager Noel Hartley enjoys sausages that he cooked on the footplate of the steam locomotive Teddy, as part of a full Christmas dinner