Kansas City Southern (KCS) has released its schedule for the 17th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 22 communities in six states on 26 dates - Joplin is included for December 12th starting at 4:00 p.m. Visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. The event is free and open to the public.
ACCESS THE LOCATION FROM "B" & NORTH MAIN STREET.
In addition, KCS’ Holiday Express has a charitable component. Over the past 16 years, the project has raised well over $1 million to purchase gift cards, which are donated to The Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase warm clothing and other necessities for children in need in the local community.
In 2017, KCS celebrates 130 years of doing business and the 17th annual KCS Holiday Express. The Holiday Express was built on the tradition of the Santa Train, which ran on a segment of the network bought by KCS in 1997. In 2000, a group of warm-hearted KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some kids did not have essential items like coats, hats and gloves, so they committed to elevating the project. In 2001, volunteers transformed a retired freight train to the experience that communities throughout KCS' U.S. service territory enjoy today.
Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; an elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights.