The “Holiday Express” made its 15th annual trip last week and stopped in Mexico to entertain kids of all ages.
The train parked at 326 S. Jefferson St. at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 11. Kansas City Southern has the train stop in a total of 20 communities in seven states on 24 different days.
While in town, visitors were able to visit with Santa and his elves. They also toured the inside of three cars on the six-car train. The train includes the smiling tank car “Rudy,” a flat car carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer with a miniature village, a ginger bread boxcar, a remodeled elves’ workshop, a reindeer stable, and a little red caboose. Each car also has several lights on its outside.
During the 15 years of the event, the express has helped to raise more than $1 million to purchase gift cards that were donated to the Salvation Army.
The theme this year was “Darby Bear.” The bear received its nickname that was given to the late Willis Kilpatrick, who passed away in June. He was among the founders of the project and the head elf through 2012 before retiring early the following year.