Christmas steams into Baton Rouge Friday
BATON ROUGE- A brightly smiling train steamed into the Kansas City Southern lot Friday evening, bringing with it the holiday spirit.
"The KCS Holiday Express is an important project for our company and a joyful way to give back to the communities through which we operate," KCS president and CEO David L. Starling said in a news release ahead of the train's arrival.
Hundreds of adults and their kids lined up to see the train as it sat in north Baton Rouge. On board were Santa Clause, elves and free attractions for families.
The Holiday Express train is six-cars long and includes the engine, a smiling tank car "Rudy;" a railcar for Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.
The Express will distribute $150,175 in gift cards to The Salvation Army across its 21 stops in seven states.
"It's great to see the smiles on the faces of visitors to the train. As always, we are grateful to our generous employees, vendors and friends, who donate their time and make charitable contributions to make the holidays shine even brighter," Starling said.
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