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By Millicent Arko

November 14, 2011 (Campo)-- Celebrate the holidays aboard the North Pole Limited, a special production offered by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and volunteers in cooperation with the Mountain Empire High School and Santa Claus.

These Christmas Trains are favorites for children and adults of all ages.  This year the North Pole Limited will run on the following Fridays and Saturdays:  November 25-26, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17. 
Some days the train leaves at 7:00 p.m. and other days at 5:00 p.m.  Please visit the Santa Train page for event dates and links to the Museum's on-line reservation system.  The Christmas Trains are very popular, seating is limited and reservations are required.  Select your date and make your reservations now so you do not miss Santa.  Some days are already sold out; so reserve early.

The train departs the Museum’s Campo Depot facility on Highway 94 at Forrest Gate Road in Campo.  Plan on approximately 90-minutes for the ride, as it may take longer for Santa to see all the children and have his photo taken with them.  The train should be back in Campo less than two-hours after departure.
Santa’s Elves will serve cookies and hot chocolate, lead a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols and read a famous Christmas train story as the Limited rockets toward the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop where Santa Claus will board the train and visit with all the children.
The Elves invite the children to wear their pajamas and dress warmly.
The Depot Gift Shop has light snacks for sale.  You may also bring a picnic dinner with you to eat on the train.  The fares are as follows: 
  • Adults First Class
  • Adults
  • Children (2-12) First Class
  • Children (2-12)
  • Toddlers (under 2)
For required reservations visit WWW.PSRM.ORG 
For more information call 619.465. 7767.
Or The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, 2157 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901, 619.445.2722; or

To drive to Campo, proceed east on Interstate 8 from San Diego for about 45 miles.  Exit at Buckman Springs Road and proceed south for about 10 miles.  At the intersection with State Route 94, turn right and proceed westbound for about 1.5 miles until you cross the railroad tracks.  Turn left onto Forrest Gate Road, left on Railway Museum Road, left on Depot Street and follow the signs to the Museum. 

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