BNSF delights children with ‘SoCal Express’

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Elrond Lawrence
BARSTOW, Calif. – BNSF Railway gave hundreds of children in California a holiday treat last week with a ride aboard the “SoCal Express” across the high desert, the Daily Press reports.

Since 1991, BNSF and its predecessor Santa Fe have run the holiday excursion from Victorville to Barstow. Local charities, including the United Way, Scottish Rite, Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital Orange County, and Giving Children Hope, all select local children for the free train ride. “At BNSF, we focus on moving millions of packages during the holiday season, but it’s a true honor for our company and our employee volunteers to operate the Santa Claus Express for these special guests,” BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent says.

More than 75 BNSF employees volunteered to work the train, including one dressed up as Santa Claus.

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