KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBSDFW/AP) — A festive holiday train pulls into Texas in three days, spreading Christmas cheer and raising money for the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.


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It pulls into Jefferson on November 29, Wylie on the 30th, Sulphur Springs on December 1st and Pittsburg on the 2nd.

Click here for the train’s full schedule of stops as it spreads cheer throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri, too.

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train started its journey last week in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. After stops in more than 20 cities, the trip will end Dec. 14 at Union Station in Kansas City, where the six-car train will remain on display through Dec. 18.

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The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network at scheduled stops. Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required. (photo courtesy: kcsouthern.com)

The train features a smiling tank car dubbed “Rudy,” a gingerbread boxcar, a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, plus a reindeer stable and a miniature village. There’s also an elves’ workshop and even a little red caboose.

In the caboose, visitors can visit with Santa Claus. After walking through two more cars filled with displays, children will receive a free gift bag.

(Photo Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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