Holiday Train Gallery 4

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The Holiday Train makes for an impressive display at night, when its thousands of multi-colored lights illuminate its exterior and outline its contours. Actually, while operating on the Yellow Line on its last day of service, there are three Holiday Trains -- due to the capacity limitations of the Dempster-Skokie platform and turnback track, the flatcar and its sleigh are set aside and the six passenger cars are divided into three 2-car trains, which provide all Yellow Line service for several hours. Here, car 2894 leads one of the Holiday Trains discharging its passengers at Dempster on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Moffat)
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Two of the three 2-car Holiday Trains providing service on the Yellow Line on the evening of December 23, 2014, meet at Dempster-Skokie station, the train on the left arriving from Chicago while the train on the right loads passengers for the trip back to Howard. (Photo by Bruce Moffat)
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Santa Claus welcomes and provides holiday cheer to CTA passengers onboard Holiday train car 289, one of three Holiday Trains running on the Yellow Line, on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Moffat)
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Car 2894 sits at the head end of the Holiday Train while it sits on layover at 95th/Dan Ryan, shortly after the train's arrival at the south Red Line terminal. (Photo by Corey Ellison)
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The CTA Holiday Train, with car 2894 in the lead, stops at the Cermak-McCormick Place station during the stop's first holiday season in operation, looking south on December 1, 2015 as the train heads toward Harlem/Lake. (Photo by Corey Ellison)
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The Holiday Train glides into Ashland station while making weekday trips on the Green Line on an overcast December 1, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Moffat)
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Santa greets passengers on the platform from his sleigh while the Holiday Train stops at Ashland station on December 1, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Moffat)
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CTA's festively-decorated Christmas-season train sits on the side track at Midway terminal between trips on December 3, 2015. As the train was corporately-sponsored for the first time in 2015, the train was officially the "Sprint CTA Holiday Train" -- note the Sprint logo on the side under the center window, and the message along the letterboard over the windows. CTA received $300,000 from Sprint, one of the nation's largest mobile carriers. The sponsorship not only covered all of the 2015 operational costs for the train (and its counterpart, the Holiday Bus), it allowed CTA to add an extra day of service for the holiday train. (Photo by Corey Ellison)
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The Holiday Train sits next to car 2880 on the end of an Orange Line road train at Midway station on December 3, 2015. Although their commonalities are somewhat disguised by the graphically-intense wrap and bright lights festooned on the exterior, the Holiday Train cars and car 2880 are identical, both being 2600-series cars. Although long associated with the 3200-series cars, which opened the line in 1993 and were exclusively outfitted the line for many years, the Orange Line began to also run 2600s in 2012 when additional cars were needed to operate additional service that was added. (Photo by Corey Ellison)
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The bright, festive Holiday Train is the focal point of the O'Hare station while the train is parked in the center pocket track on December 12, 2015. The train is parked for a long layover to allow for a scheduled photo session where kids can have their photo taken with Santa, adding to the crowds on the platforms. (Photo by Corey Ellison)