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Holiday Express train to be here December 7

Kansas City Southern’s 16th annual Holiday Express train will stop in DeQuincy on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. DeQuincy is one of 22 communities in seven states on 26 dates.

The complete schedule is available on the KCS website.

At each 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.

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.

The KCS Holiday Express was built on the tradition of the Santa Train, which ran on a rail line 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 into the experience that communities enjoy today.

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