Santa Claus Express Steams into Town

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Santa-Train_wArticle Contributed by
Jamestown Gazette Staff

“This is going to be another signature event for Jamestown,” said Lee Harkness, General Manager of the Jamestown Gateway Train Station. “We hope it will grow bigger every year. We’ve been decorating the station all week for a day of fun that Jamestown’s kids and their families will really enjoy.”

Santa Claus arrives in Jamestown, with Mrs. Santa Claus, on Saturday, December 14 on the 11 o’clock Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad train. It’s the special Santa Claus Express scheduled on the Jamestown line by the Jamestown Gateway Train Station.

Santa’s train will steam up track one and deliver the Clauses to an old-fashioned horse and buggy for a ride from railside right to the Gateway Station’s main entrance. He’ll be there for photo ops with kids and kin of every age and Mrs. Claus will settle in for a good old North Pole storytelling time. A “Conductor’s Lunch” brunch will be served and Santa will release his horse and carriage to the public for a while for scenic buggy rides around town.

“We really appreciate the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad and their Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Carl Belke, for their help in bringing Santa to Jamestown,” Harkness said. “They already have a Polar Express of their own, so they supported Jamestown having our own Santa Claus Express.

“We’ve got a great group of volunteers setting this all up for us,” Harkness added. “They really want to make this a great event for Jamestown’s kids and their families.”

Reservations are requested by December 11, but not required. Call 716-483-3041 and let Santa’s helpers know how many adults and children will be attending. Adults-$5, children (up to 16)-$2, families-$20.