Holiday Train Gallery 2

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Holiday Train Gallery 03 | Holiday Train Gallery 04
Holiday Train Gallery 05

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On its way out to O'Hare, the Holiday Train stops at Clark/Lake while the train's operator, Bruce Nelson, checks the doors on November 28, 2003. Although the main purpose was to transfer to the train to Rosemont Yard in anticipation of the train's scheduled operation on the Blue Line the next day, the train ran in service and carried passengers between Racine and O'Hare that night. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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Blowing snow and biting wind were not enough to stop the Holiday Train, stopped here at Library station, from operating on the Loop Elevated for the lighting of Chicago's Holiday Tree in Daley Center Plaza on November 28, 2003. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The CTA Holiday Train, led by car 2898, is parked at O'Hare Terminal for the CTA's Employee Appreciation Day on December 6, 2003. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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After completing its runs on the Loop Elevated for the lighting of Chicago's Holiday Tree in Daley Center Plaza, the Holiday Train was transferred to the Blue Line via the new Paulina Connector. After changing ends at Harrison Junction, the train is descending the Loomis Ramp down to the Congress Line on November 28, 2003. The Sears Tower is visible in the background of Chicago's winter skyline. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The Holiday Train sits on the layup track at Kimball during a 2-hour layover on December 21, 2003. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The CTA's Holiday Train, a perennial favorite of Chicago children and adults alike, is embellished a little more every year. Put together with volunteer labor and staffed by volunteer CTA employees, the train travels to different lines throughout late November and December each year. The 2005 Holiday Train is on a layover at Midway terminal on December 18, 2005. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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Families, including many kids, wait for the arrival of the CTA Holiday Train at Kedzie station on the Brown Line in 2006. Veteran rail operator Jorge Rivera is at the helm of the festive train. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Santa waves from his sleigh aboard the flatcar in the center of the Holiday Train as the train waits to leave Midway terminal, looking down from the overhead mezzanine in 2006. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Part of the traditional decoration of the interior of the Holiday Train are humorous car cards, with jokes, puns, and light-hearted messages. This one, inside the 2007 Holiday Train, notes that Santa and his reindeer take public transit too! (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Santa greets holiday revelers from aboard his sleigh as the CTA Holiday Train makes its way on the Orange Line in 2007. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)