Alison Krauss rides the Santa Train

The Santa Train - Route MapAlison Krauss in a Santa Suit? It could happen. Well probably not, but she will be aboard the 2006 Santa Train, The Santa Special. The train will be traveling a 110-mile route between Kingsport, TN and Pikeville, KY, stopping in 14 towns along the way. At each stop gifts, candies and toys will be givend to needy children. In total the project will be distributing 15 tons of gifts.

In addition to gifts, toys, and candy, a $5000 scholarship is awarded each year to a high school senior along the route.

Each year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Santa Train runs it’s route accompanied by a celebrity. This year the date is Saturday, November 18, 2006 and the celebrity is Alison Krauss. Alison’s musical roots are firmly planted in Appalachia making her a perfect fit for the project.

2006 is the 64th year the train has run. The program is sponsored by CSX Transportation, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Food City Grocers of Abingdon, Va.

Click here for a complete list of stops and times.