Santa Train arrives in Greene County on Dec. 2

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Cat in the Hat, along with Things 1 and 2, visited with area children at during the Santa Train's 2016 excursion.
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The Indiana Rail Road Santa Train will hit the tracks again, making 12 stops in southern Indiana and eastern Illinois from Dec. 1-3. Santa and Mrs. Claus will invite visitors on their festively decorated train with the requirement of a free ticket.

“Guests waiting in line also will enjoy entertainment by a full cast of costumed characters, brought to life by Indiana Rail Road employee volunteers, their families and friends,” wrote Eric Powell, INRD spokesperson. “Santa’s helpers will also provide donated warm-weather gear to children in need of warmth this winter.”

The 2017 Santa Train schedule for stops in Greene County is the same as last year.

“The Santa Train tradition has transcended multiple generations, as many of the earliest Santa Train visitors bring their own children to the event each year,” said Powell. “INRD employees consider the train’s three-day trek across southern Indiana and eastern Illinois to be a labor of love, and it could not operate without the generous support of many corporate and civic sponsors.”

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the IRR Santa Train will begin its Greene County Tour with an 8:30 a.m. stop at the Yoho General Store in Solsberry, where it is scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. The train will then arrive at Seminary Street in Bloomfield at 11 a.m. and depart at noon. At 1:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive at Southeast C Street in Linton and depart at 3 p.m, so that it can reach its destination at Main Street in Dugger by 4 p.m. and depart at 5 p.m. The Santa Train’s last Greene County destination will be the City Park in Jasonville at 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are distributed in limited numbers at each stop when the train arrives. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available in advance. This ticketing system ensures that little ones are not waiting in the cold for too long before the Santa Train arrives.

While tickets are only available on-site at arrival times, cold-weather gear can be donated to the INRD at this time to be handed out on the Santa Train to children in need. Every penny of a cash donation will go toward purchasing cold weather gear. Checks can be made out to Indiana Rail Road (memo: Santa Train) and sent to INRD, Attn.: Shae LeDune, 8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1600, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

For more information on the Indiana Rail Road Company, a privately-held, 250-mile railroad that connects to the entire North American rail network, visit www.inrd.com or find the Indiana Rail Road Company on Twitter and Facebook.

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