Returning from the pandemic hiatus, Santa Claus will once again be
coming to town by train. Children living in communities in southern
Indiana — including Dugger (Dec. 4) and Sullivan (Dec. 5) — and
eastern Illinois served by The Indiana Rail Road Company will get a
chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 3 to 5.
The Santa Train will make 12 stops over three busy days and INRD
invites families to the festively decorated train to see Santa and
Because safety is of the utmost importance, the Santa Train schedule
and format will be modified for 2021. Santa’s elves will arrive ahead
of the train to prepare for Santa’s arrival. Families are invited to
come and watch Santa and Mrs. Claus come to town in style on the newly
restored INRD caboose car and mail letters directly to Santa via the
INRD North Pole Express Mailbox.
The opportunity to come aboard the train and visit with Santa will not
be available this year as the health, security and safety of our
employees and community must be our first priority.
The event is free and open to children and grownups of all ages.
The Santa Train originated in 1989 as a volunteer project of Indiana
Rail Road Company employees. In 2020, the employees, families, and
volunteers who bring this cherished tradition to more than 7,000
people during its three-day tour were heartbroken over the
cancellation of the festivities. Much hard work and dedication has
been poured into reviving the Santa Train for 2021 in its modified
“It’s great that we are able to bring this tradition back,” says
Dewayne Swindall, president and CEO of The Indiana Rail Road Company.
“The Santa Train means as much to INRD employees as it does the
communities in which we operate.”
COVID-19 Safety — Due to the evolving health and safety considerations
from the coronavirus outbreak, INRD requests that individuals
(1) who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
within two weeks prior to the Santa Train, or
(2) who are experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or
cold- or flu-like symptoms, refrain from attending the Santa Train.
Additionally, the CDC recommends wearing a mask in crowded, outdoor
settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not
The Indiana Rail Road Company is a privately held, 250-mile railroad
that serves central and southwest Indiana, and eastern Illinois. INRD
connects to the entire North American rail network via strategic
gateways at Chicago, Indianapolis and Newton, Ill. For more
information on the railroad and its community involvement, visit
www.inrd.com or find us on Twitter (@IndianaRailRoad), Facebook (The
Indiana Rail Road Company) and Instagram (indianarailroad).
Santa Train 2021 schedule
(All times are local)
Bargersville, town hall, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Morgantown, fire station, 6 to 7 p.m.
Helmsburg, Helmsburg Road, 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.
Solsberry, Yoho Store, 9 to 10 a.m.
Bloomfield, Seminary St., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Linton, SE C Street, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Dugger, Main Street, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Jasonville, City Park, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Newton, Ill., High School/West Decatur Street, 10 to 11 a.m.
Oblong, Ill., South Range Street, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Palestine, Ill., Lincoln Street, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Sullivan, Main Street and Judy Lane, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.