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