Kansas City Southern (KCS) has released its schedule for the 19th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 20 communities in five states on 25 dates - Joplin is included for December 15th starting at 4:30 p.m. Visitors can board the train, tour the inside of three of the festive six-car train, then visit with Santa and his elves 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 18 years, the project has raised over $2.1 million. At each stop donations are made to The Salvation Army to help provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need in the local community.
The KCS 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 KCS Holiday Express experience that thousands enjoy every year.
Led by KCS’ Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; an elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights.
Headquartered in Kansas City, MO., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south-central U.S.