Monday, December 28, 2009

Santa's Express rides the Skokie Swift

I caught these images while covering Santa's Express train action on the CTA's Yellow line Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Joel Lerner posted his take on Pioneer Press' site.

Skokie's Irene London makes a snapshot of her granddaughter Jada Thomson with Santa.

While Santa rode a sleigh on the other CTA lines, on the Yellow line, he walk through the cars, up close and personal.

Niles' Tiffany Brooks poses with Santa.

Naughty or Nice?: Niles North alum Allie Rothchild picks naughty when Santa asked.

The Yellow line was the last of the CTA routes to host Santa's Express for the year. It was a unique ride. Not only did Santa ride inside with passengers rather than outside in his sleigh, the train was divided into three trains with one leaving the Howard St and Skokie Swift stations every 10 minutes. Each train had its own Santa. Rumor had it that the cars that make up Santa's Express actually run all year long and get transformed just before it is time to host Santa and families again.

Stacey Weckstein (left) with Kim Moldofsky at the Skokie Swift Starbucks. Kim organized a kid-friendly tweet-up at the Starbucks, which included taking a ride on the Santa Train.

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