All aboard! Sold-out season marks beginning of 19th annual Santa Train

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Saturday, families are ready to explore Santa’s railroad workshop and climb aboard his red caboose.

Tickets are sold out for this season’s family-favorite holiday event, organized by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Each 20-minute train ride is operated by a vintage diesel locomotive.

“For many people, this may not be their first time meeting Santa Claus, but for many families it is their first time riding aboard a train of any type,” said Kelly Lynch, the vice president of the Fort Wayne Railroad.

One of the many perks of the ride is that kids get to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Santa reads a book to those on board.

Train rides run every weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays from November 27 to December 19.

Lynch said that the organization added another caboose to the train this year to expand the capacity. But tickets were still sold out in less than three hours.

Santa reads to children on the train, 2021

“To have a chance to talk to the youngsters is just awesome. We really look forward to it,” Santa Claus said.

Trains run snow or shine.

The ticket purchases support non-profit historic railroad preservation efforts in Northeast Indiana.

For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Railroad website.

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