The Santa Train made its return to Godfrey last year after a two year absence, but it will not return this year.  The Holiday Express, as it is officially known, was rerouted to include more stops in Texas and Louisiana, but local organizers credited a large public outcry among the reasons the Kansas City Southern Railroad reinstated several stops in Illinois last year.

Local organizer Keith Sherman says it looks like Godfrey may now be a part of a three-year rotation.

Sherman comments

The Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car named “Rudy,” a flatcar that carries Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village, a ginger bread boxcar, a newly remodeled elves’ workshop, the reindeer stable, and a little red caboose.

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