Santa Train Reaches Out to Rural Communities

Usually, just seeing Santa is the highlight. The scene was quite different in Solsberry Saturday morning.

a group of people board the santa train

Photo: Joe Hren/WTIU

A group of people in Solsberry board the Santa Train on Saturday morning, December 5th, 2009.

Usually, just seeing Santa is the highlight. The scene was quite different in Solsberry Saturday morning. Here, it’s how Santa arrives that makes the kids “ooo” and “ahh.”

With a blast of the horn Santa is making his way throughout south central Indiana – by train.

“Normally in the railroad industry we spend all of our days trying to move the freight safely, get in and out of a town as quickly as possible and just stay out of everybody’s way,” says Chris Rund Director of Public Relations for The Indiana Rail Road Company.

“This is one weekend of the year where we can come into town and pay a visit and meet families, meet kids, give everybody a little dose of the Christmas spirit in a very special way. Trains and Christmas just go together.”

Adults can’t help themselves from getting excited as well.

“I wanted to experience a Chevy Chase Christmas kind of thing, small town USA, I love it,” says Mary Blizzard who came to Bloomfield from Bloomington.

Tom Hoback is the President and CEO of The Indiana Rail Road Company. He says the Santa Train started back in 1989 and is a tradition 20 years strong that was meant to reach our to rural communities along the Indiana Rail Road line.

“A lot of people tell us stories about their families that had their own experiences on trains in years gone by and for a lot of the younger kids, they don’t have a chance to ride trains, so it’s a chance for them to get on a train and see what it’s all about.”

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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