Santa steams in for Vancouver visit

first_imgThey lined the railroad tracks in hopes of catching the first glimpse. Bundled in winter coats, hats and scarfs, children sat on their parents’ shoulders and peered around the corner, waiting.Finally, the shouts began, at about 11:10 a.m. Saturday to be exact: “Here it comes!” Santa’s steam train rolled into Vancouver amid cheers from 2,100 onlookers.Santa waved to families as the vintage SP&S 700 locomotive, decked out in decorations and lights, arrived at the Vancouver Amtrak station. It was followed by a large cloud of steam and the sounding of the horn.Santa then exited the train, shaking children’s hands before being whisked into a nearby heated tent. There, he greeted the hundreds of children individually, who were waiting in line for pictures with Santa. They were also rewarded with free candy, cake and hot beverages.On a morning when the thermometer barely passed freezing, the enthusiastic crowd came out in full force. With more than 2,000 in attendance, Saturday was a record day for the annual event sponsored by BNSF Railway, said railway spokesman Gus Melonas. The SP&S 700 hasn’t appeared in Vancouver for three years, though other locomotive stand-ins have been used for the holiday event.last_img read more

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