PITTSBURG — People can’t miss it, from afar the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express cars decorated with Christmas lights and reindeer and more will light up the railway on Wednesday.

A free tour of the holiday-themed train will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the intersection of Elm and Monroe Streets.

Folks will be able to walk inside the six-car train where they can meet Santa and his elves and view winter scenes of trains and more.

The stop is one of 22 communities the train will visit this season. The complete schedule is available on the KCS website at http://www.kcsouthern.com.

The Holiday Express also serves a charitable purpose.

According to a release, gift cards totalling $172,500 will be given to The Salvation Army along the express route. The gift cards will be used to purchase necessities and warm clothing for children in need.

This year, the Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund donated another $5,000 designated to support the purchase of gift cards for Hurricane Harvey-affected Holiday Express stops, including Victoria, El Campo, Kendleton and Beaumont, Texas.
“KCS looks forward to bringing Santa and his elves on the Holiday Express train to communities throughout our U.S. service territory, and we are especially pleased to continue the tradition of charitable giving to each community where the train will stop,” KCS President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer said in a release.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun