Santa rides the train outside! Photo by CTA.
Every November and December the Chicago Transit Authority operates the Holiday Train, a revenue service train with a flatbed car and a brave Santa Claus (brave because he rides outside!).
The experience has become very popular in Chicago, akin to the cachet of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree in New York City. Saturday was the final day of operation for 2012.
No space is left un-transformed for the special ride. This spot is usually reserved for service changes and announcements. Photo by CTA.
The Holiday Train passes over the Wabash Avenue bridge. Photo by Drew Baker.
People wait to board the Holiday Train at the Forest Park Blue Line station. Photo by Jeff Zoline.
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