Kansas City Southern's annual Holiday Express came to Jefferson, Texas
on Monday, November 30, 2009 and this site includes some photos of the
train in daylight and at night. I even took pictures inside the trains'
Earlier in the day, around 2 p.m., I got a fantastic 3-KCS train meet in Lassater, TX at the LassaterRoad
crossing, including the KCS Holiday Express. While taking the pictures
of the Christmas train, I had my other digital camera (the Panasonic FZ28)
on a tripod and turned on the HD movie mode to capture the train's
passing. There's a link to this movie on this page and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZY_pjGuNVY Lassater is about 7 miles west of Jefferson.
The train meet went like this: The
first train was on the siding and was a mixed freight with a few
container cars at the end. It was heading east toward Jefferson at 1:19
p.m.. It was lead by KCS Belle 4124 and 4 other KCS and 2 NS units (I also included a movie of this train - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaVbLAPaxos). The second train was a westboundloaded KCS coal train, which had leased UP locomotives, at 1:45 p.m. This coaltrain stopped on the main line while the third train, the KCS Christmas
train, passed eastbound on the siding at 2:03 p.m., following the mixed
freight. It was bright sunshine by the time the Holiday Express showed
There was a KCS MOW crew at this crossing waiting for the
trains to pass and these were some of the nicest railroad people I've ever
chatted with. They came over to where I was set up and told me about
the three-train meet about to happen. I had never been to this crossing
before and it was fantastic luck that the KCS people were there and
that the site was a good photo spot. (All photos and videos by Ken Ziegenbein)
Included today: 1) Friendly dog 2) KCS 1, 2, 4124-Belle, 4022, 2839, 2899, 1906 3) NS 2636, 6670 4) UP 7311, 6840 5) KCS Holiday Express and business train 6) Elves
LEFT-This train had 7 locomotives. KCS 4022 and NS 2636 and NS 6670. RIGHT-KCS 2839, 2899 and 1906.
the KCS mixed freight was on the siding moving east, the KCS loaded
coal train arrived westbound on the main line, headed by UP 7311 at
1:45 p.m. (YIKES! Here I am in KCS territory and I get UP leased power! Might as well have stayed in Little Rock :-)
KCS 2 heads the Holiday Express train eastbound on the siding following the mixed freight. It's now 2:03 p.m November 30, 2009.
LEFT-Very sharp looking train. RIGHT-KCS 1. To view a movie of this scene, which shows the whole train passing, click on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZY_pjGuNVY The
movie was shot in HD, 16x9 format, so when you open it, there's a 'HD'
button on the bottom of the Youtube movie, which expands it to HD.
LEFT-Through the trees and red leaves. RIGHT-St. Louis.
LEFT-Dallas. You can read all the names of the cars in the video. RIGHT-Lake Charles.
LEFT-Almost everyone in the dome was waving. RIGHT-Lazaro Cardenas.
LEFT-Veracruz. RIGHT-Port Arthur. Note the DPU on the rear of this train!
2009. Guess you could say he's the equivalent of Rudolf helping deliver
good cheer this Christmas season. RIGHT-Neat shot of reindeer with a
coal hopper as a backdrop. I got a shot of these flying over the Moon
later in the night.
LEFT-The gingerbread car. RIGHT-Colorful train I must say.
of coal train, another UP engine No. 6840. Me and the dog returned to
solitude and silence....Santa and his train have gone. RIGHT-This is
taken in downtown Jefferson, Texas and is parked where the train will
be on display in the evening. It's 2:45 p.m.
for visitors. The train was displayed between East Austin Street and
Lafayette Street. RIGHT-The train was split with the business cars
pulled across East Austin Street.
There's a small tourist train in Jefferson that runs year round and they too had a Christmas train.
RIGHT-Looking downtown from across the tracks.
of engine 2009 in water from rain the day before. RIGHT-Crowds started
gathering as early as 3:38 p.m. The display cars opened at 4.
Here's the parked KCS business train across a lake. The old abandoned KCS trestle is in the front.
The old trestle is to the right.
LEFT-You can see the locomotives of the train. RIGHT-KCS 2 parked at 4:13 p.m.
LEFT-KCS 2 in the shade. RIGHT-Back to the Christmas train and families were posing for pictures.
LEFT-Yes Virginia....there ARE elves!! RIGHT-Line to go through the cars.
LEFT-Seasons Greetings on the side of the caboose.
Inside the train now in the caboose with Santa.
RIGHT-KCS O-scale layout, one of several in the train.
LEFT-Moon over the model houses. RIGHT-Santa's reindeer jumping over the Moon.
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