Holiday Trains

by Joe Thompson

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I have seen a lot of ads for Park Trains and Tourist Trains that offer Christmas or Chanukah light viewing. I thought I would gather some examples.

Oakland Zoo From 2014: "Highlights of this family friendly event include a candy cane lane themed rides area, a night time adventure on the Outback Express Adventure Train, rocking around the Christmas trees in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Childrenís Zoo, and a light show thatís sure to blow out any bah hum bugs." At the Oakland Zoo.

Chanukah Train From 2017: The Roaring Camp Railroads offered a Chanukah Train. The video below is from the first season, in 2013.

Holiday Lights Train From 2017: The Roaring Camp Railroads offered a Holiday Lights Train.

Carson City Santa Train From 2017: The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nevada ran a Santa Train.

Candy Cane Express From 2017: The Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada ran a Candy Cane Express Train. The video below is from 2010.

Polar Express From 2017: The V & T Railroad in Carson City, Nevada ran a Polar Express (TM) Train.

CalTrain Holiday Train Package From 2017: CalTrain, which runs commuter trains on the San Francisco peninsula, operates a special holiday train one weekend during the season and offers a discount ticket package for riders during the season.

2017 Caltrain Holiday Train from SMCTD CreativeServices on Vimeo.

North Pole Express From 2017: The Friends of the 261 in Saint Paul, Minnesota ran the North Pole Express, pulled by 1944 steam locomotive Mikwaukee Road 261, a 4-8-4.

1225/North Pole Express From 2017: The Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan ran the North Pole Express, pulled by 1941 steam locomotive Pere Marquette 1225, a 4-8-4, which served as the inspiration for Chris Van Allsburg's book The Polar Express. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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