Santa Train back in 2021 — modified for COVID safety

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

Mrs. Claus.

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

fully vaccinated.

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 or find us on Twitter (@IndianaRailRoad), Facebook (The

Indiana Rail Road Company) and Instagram (indianarailroad).

Santa Train 2021 schedule

(All times are local)

Dec. 3

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.

Dec. 4

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.

Dec. 5

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.

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