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Holiday Express Rolls into Mena on Thursday

BY MELANIE WADE –

The Kansas City Railroad’s Holiday Express will roll into Mena this Thursday, December 7th to bring holiday joy to the young and old alike.

The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the KCS rail network. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars of the cars, which are filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.

Not only does the train give participants a unique experience, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need at each scheduled stop.

According to the KCS website, the Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.

The Holiday Express began their trek on November 24th in Victoria, Texas and will end on December 19th in Kansas City, Missouri. Mena is one of the only three Arkansas stops the train will make. Rudy and company should pull into Mena’s historic Depot on December 7 at 4 p.m. Other Arkansas stops are in Ashdown on December 6 at 4 p.m. and Siloam Springs on December 10 at 4 p.m.

To learn more about the Holiday Express or how you can contribute to their Salvation Army campaign, visit their website, http://www.kcsouthern.com/corporate-responsibility/giving/holiday-express

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