West Point first stop for the Holiday Express

The Holiday Express is coming to West Point, at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum.
Staff Writer

The Holiday Express is making West Point its first stop on its 22-stop tour.

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company and the Growth Alliance are bringing the train all decked out in its Christmas finery to West Point for a third visit.

"It's a great event for the whole family," Lisa Klutts, director of the Growth Alliance, said. "Touring the train is free and the Sam Wilhite Transportation Museum will also be free and open to the public. If you have never been, this is the perfect opportunity to take a look at a little history of the railroad."

Klutts said there will be cookies and hot chocolate for sale. The weather looks as if it will be cool, but not cold for the day after Thanksgiving.

"The city has already begun decorating for Christmas," Klutts said. "That will continue next week so West Point should be in the Christmas spirit for greeting the Holiday Express."

The Holiday Express will be open for touring the railway cars at 4 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for listening to Christmas wishes and taking photos.

"We're also looking at this being a little boost to the local economy," Klutts said. "Some of our downtown shops and restaurants might want to stay open a little later that evening since so many people could potentially be in the area."

The crowds have been considerable during the past two visits from the Holiday Express, people come from all over the surrounding areas to see and tour the train.

"There will be volunteers helping people on and off the railway cars," Klutts said. "And we will have some local volunteers with the Growth Alliance helping with the museum and other parts of the event."

For more information call the West Point Growth Alliance, (662)-494-5121.