It was just as expected. 9:30 AM rolled around as did Engine 2635 of the Marquette Rail.. It stopped at the old train depot in the back of Dwight Lydell Park much to the delight of the several hundred spectators. Sure enough, Santa and Mrs Claus took the time to get off the train and aided by a large group of elves, passed our candy canes to all the youngsters in the crowd. Wayne, the Marquette Rail conductor for the day even passed out several Christmas trees to deserving families, courtesy of Jim Nickelson's Christmas Tree Farms. Then it was on to Sparta, to greet more kids, and then numerous other stops on the way to Manistee to make other kids happy. The smiles on the faces of the children more than expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to see Santa and his entourage.
This was also a well deserved break for Santa's reindeer, which are on tour themselves and are expected to visit the Alpine Township KDL Library at 5255 Alpine NW in Comstock Park on Wednesday December 22 2010 at 5:00 PM. All are welcome there as well.
Right on time, and all decked out for Christmas
Off the train and right to work
Everyone was happy
Not only happy but all were good too
Santa's helpers came in all sizes
Wayne the conductor was pleased with the large turn out.
The elves were very busy.
Time to go
Time to go, must stay on schedule. Thank you, Marquette Rail!