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Seasonal website highlights holiday train rides at over 100 railroads across the US.

Christmas trains are heading out in all directions this holiday season. Over the next few weeks, families will be hopping aboard special Christmas-themed trains across the country. Most feature appearances by 'Santa Claus' and other costumed North Pole characters. Holiday train ride events can be found at scenic and heritage railroads in over 40 states; and makes it easy to find a holiday train near you. is Cyber Central Station for tracking Christmas train ride locations and schedules.

Nothing is more exciting than a visit with 'Santa Claus' aboard a Christmas train. While themes vary, most offer treats like gifts and cocoa and cookies; many include sing-alongs, story times, and visits to the North Pole. Authentic Polar Express trains feature readings of the Chris Van Allsburg classic.

A Christmas train ride is an unforgettable experience. Ranging from 19th-century steam trains and hundred-year-old trolleys to Golden Age streamliners with observation domes, holiday trains make perfect backdrops for memorable photos. Most are decorated for Christmas. A number roll past trees and holiday tableaux twinkling with holiday lights.

In addition to Santa Trains, some seasonal excursions offer holiday merrymakers opportunities to go shopping... dine on board... even haul home a fresh-cut Christmas tree from a nearby tree farm.

Across the Northeast, Santa Trains can be found from the New Jersey Museum of Transportation's Pine Creek Railroad to New Hampshire's White Mountains where the Conway Scenic Railroad, the Hobo Railroad and the Mount Washington Cog Railway all feature special holiday season trips. In Massachusetts, seven million twinkling lights form the backdrop for Edaville USA Railroad's Festival of Lights.

Christmastime train rides are a long-standing Southern tradition. Georgia's Blue Ridge Scenic Railway hosts daylight Santa Express trains as well as after-dark excursions to Santa's Village. The Kentucky Railway Museum welcomes 'St. Nick' to the Bluegrass Region. Alabama's Wales West Railway makes him feel right at home aboard it's Arctic Express train.

The holidays take center stage at America's heartland railroads. The Christmas Train, in Oklahoma, is a beloved tradition. Texans -- and their neighbors -- flock to the Rail of Lights Christmas Train. Midwest railroads presenting Santa events include Missouri's St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, Michigan's Steam Railroading Institute, and Ohio's Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

Out West, train rides brighten the season. In the Bay Area, Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Claus characters are united at the Roaring Camp Railroads while the Niles Canyon Railway glows with its Holiday Train of Lights. In Colorado, 'Santa' is on hand at the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Further North, the Thunder Mountain Line's North Pole Express Train is an Idaho tradition!

Authentic Polar Express excursions can be found from New England to the Pacific Coast. Among the most popular are those hosted by Oregon's Mount Hood Railroad, Colorado's Durango & Silverton Railroad, Arizona's Grand Canyon Railway, North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley Scenic Railway and Chicago's MTA!

This year, over 100 scenic and heritage railways across the U.S. will feature Christmas train ride events. To find a holiday train in your area visit


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