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Kansas City Southern announces 2013 holiday train schedule

Published: September 6, 2013
Holiday Express Pic-Rudy
Tank car "Rudy" on the annual KCS holiday train.
Photo by Kansas City Southern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Southern recently announced the schedule for its 2013 Holiday Express train. In its 13th annual run, the train will stop in 20 communities in six states on 24 dates. At each scheduled stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves, and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.

In addition to free, public events, KCS’ Holiday Express has a charitable component. In 12 years, the project has raised almost $1.2 million to purchase gift cards, which are donated to the Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase clothing and other necessities for children in the local community.

Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, and a miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights.

For more information on scheduled stops, go to www.kcsouthern.com.
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ZACK BLANTON from MISSISSIPPI said:
The Holiday Express came to Mississippi last year, I can't understand why they aren't coming this year though.
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VICKY CORBELLO from TEXAS said:
I took my 4 year old grandson to see the Holiday Express in Port Arthur, Texas. We stood in line for 3 hours. The last 35 mins he started crying and wanting to go home. We stuck it out and when we were about 10th in line his eyes lit up and his face was filled with joy. It was hard to hurry him through the trains because he wanted to study all the miniature train displays and he was so excited and delighted. Especially at the little trains moving under our feet under the walk. When I asked after what his favorite part of the train was after our tour... It was "seeing Santa". This is the closest some of these children come to having joy in their everyday lives. I thank everyone who builds and maintains the displays, train, and all the hard work. And it is not just for children...My Mama passed age 75 in July we had visited the train and in her 70's she loved the experience and wanted to go back.
5 stars
VICKY CORBELLO from TEXAS said:
I took my 4 year old grandson to see the Holiday Express in Port Arthur, Texas. We stood in line for 3 hours. The last 35 mins he started crying and wanting to go home. We stuck it out and when we were about 10th in line his eyes lit up and his face was filled with joy. It was hard to hurry him through the trains because he wanted to study all the miniature train displays and he was so excited and delighted. Especially at the little trains moving under our feet under the walk. When I asked after what his favorite part of the train was after our tour... It was "seeing Santa". This is the closest some of these children come to having joy in their everyday lives. I thank everyone who builds and maintains the displays, train, and all the hard work. And it is not just for children...My Mama passed age 75 in July we had visited the train and in her 70's she loved the experience and wanted to go back.
RICHARD W GRESCH from NEW YORK said:
Mr. Nolan Christmas is not mentioned in the Bible nor Santa S. If you preach you should know that,in fact it wasn't written in English. Santa came from St. Nicolas an early Bishop who was very charitable and gifted the poor. Thus the start of an early Chritian Tradition. He practiced the Beautitudes which is in the Bible in "Christ" sermon on the mount. Something we should all practice not only at Xmas but everyday. Oh, Xmas is correct also and not an abbreviation. If you really care look it up and don't split hairs. Jesus didn't.
RICHARD W GRESCH from NEW YORK said:
Mr. Nolan Christmas is not mentioned in the Bible nor Santa S. If you preach you should know that,in fact it wasn't written in English. Santa came from St. Nicolas an early Bishop who was very charitable and gifted the poor. Thus the start of an early Chritian Tradition. He practiced the Beautitudes which is in the Bible in "Christ" sermon on the mount. Something we should all practice not only at Xmas but everyday. Oh, Xmas is correct also and not an abbreviation. If you really care look it up and don't split hairs. Jesus didn't.
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