Whistle Stop in Mansfield

By Nicole Tull

Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train made a stop in Mansfield on Tuesday afternoon. Folks were invited to step aboard the festive train to see the decorations up close. Every part of the holiday train was merry on the inside and out.

Inside there were miniature trains that drove around a city. One snowy landscape on a small-scale diorama evoked the wishful thinking for southerners rarely experiencing a white Christmas. There were rows of nutcrackers and other figurines dressed in Christmassy attire. Christmas props covered the interior in every direction.

From the outside view, one car was made to look like Santa’s reindeer barn. Another car was the reindeer in flight over houses. Gingerbread men, lollipops and a window view were on the last train car. Lights covered the train from its happy-faced front to the back. The end of the tour was the jolly man in a red suit. Santa posed for pictures with every good girl and boy.

If you missed the stop in Mansfield, you can see the train at the KCS yard in Shreveport on Sunday at 4 pm.

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