2009 CSX Santa Train

Special Guest: Wynonna Judd

Special thanks to Ron Flanary, Chris Anderson, Dennis McCurry, David Price and Doyle Massey for contributing their photos.

Heading north toward Shelby, KY for Saturdays trip south. Passing the old Dante station.

Heading north crossing Pool Point Bridge. It's 6:45am and the 2009 Santa Train is arriving in Marrowbone.

Santa waves in Marrowbone. Second stop, Marrowbone.

Arriving in Elkhorn City, KY. Pool Point Bridge, entering Breaks Interstate Park.

Crossing Hills Mills Bridge just north of Haysi, VA. Another view arriving in Haysi, VA.

Exiting Russell Tunnel in the heart of Haysi, VA. Santa and this years special guest Wynonna Judd in Haysi, VA.

Haysi welcomes Santa and Wynonna with a big cheer. Looking down from VA63 as the crowd in Haysi receive toys and gifts.

CSX #8352 idles in Clinchco, VA. Tossing a small portion of the 15 tons of toys and candy from the train in Clinchco, VA.
Wynonna Judd, a native of Ashland, KY. Passing Riverside Grocery just outside Clinchco, VA.

Arriving in Fremont, VA. Passing through Caney Junction.

Exiting Caney Fork Tunnel in McClure, VA. MP# 25 is known as Allen Siding.

Someone catches a stuffed animal thrown by Santa in Dante, VA. The most famous photographed spot along the Clinchfield is at the Union Baptist Church located in Dante, VA.

The 67th running of the Santa Train arrives at St. Paul, VA. Santa greets the crowd in St. Paul as the train comes to a stop.

Everyone is ready for Santa in St. Paul, VA. As the train departs St. Paul people wave goodbye.

Lead units head around Osborne Curve. Arriving in Dungannon, VA as the Santa Train passes under VA65.
Passing through Wood, VA. Another angle of CSX #8352 passing through Wood, VA.
The Santa Train arriving in Fort Blackmore, VA. Ahead of schedule, the train passes through Starnes siding on the main.
Turned out to be a great day as the train heads through Starnes, VA. Crossing the massive Copper Creek Viaduct.
As the Santa Train crosses above you can see the Norfolk Southern main below. The lead unit is ex-Clinchfield 3018, a veteran of many trips across this structure.
You can see how massive this structure is looking at it from this angle. The Santa Train eases across Copper Creek Viaduct on its annual southbound run.
From left to right is Ron Flanary, Rob Wolshlager (myself) and Chris Anderson. Thanks guys! Crossing North Fork Holston River Bridge ready for it's last stop located at Kingsport, TN.
Passing through Carter Yard in Kingsport after Santa and all his helpers hopped off the train. Crossing Boones Creek Viaduct heading home to CSX headquarters in Jacksonville, FL.

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