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    Peter and I ended up on the CTA's Holiday Train last night (on the red line) through sheer luck. Let me tell you, when you arrive at the Garfield red line stop and run down the stairs to see a train completely covered in Christmas lights flying up to the platform, it is pretty damn magical.

    We were on the very last car, and when we got out at Division everyone else who got off started running up alongside the train taking pictures, hoping to make it to the santa car. I didn't make it up there in time (I only saw santa fly into the Garfield stop) but I did get a few shots of the train at the platform.

    info on the holiday train and its schedule

    S. J. Pajonas (spajonas), and 12 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. NeitherHIpNorFunky 65 months ago | reply

      This is so frakkin' amazeball

    2. that blonde girl 65 months ago | reply

      I love it! We might have snow, but you guys win the "amazing seasonal train" contest.

    3. berthacrowley 65 months ago | reply

      whoa! you have such festive public transportation!

    4. mintyfreshflavor 65 months ago | reply

      this fills my heart with joy.

    5. lauren*o 65 months ago | reply

      I totally lost control of myself and screamed with glee when the train arrived.

    6. (afm) 65 months ago | reply

      This is awesome. Why doesn't DC do this???

    7. lauren*o 65 months ago | reply

      the conductor proudly announced that Chicago is the only city that does this. It's great, but I imagine it's kind of a fiasco. Given the extent of the decoration on the train (there was even Christmasy upholstery on the seats!) I'm guessing this train is used only as the holiday train, and it sits out the rest of the year...

    8. that blonde girl 65 months ago | reply

      I can't imagine this working in Philly. The most Christmasy that SEPTA or PATCO gets is the driver ending his messages with "Ho ho ho, motherfuckers. Get off my train."

    9. lauren*o 65 months ago | reply

      HA. Peter and I were wondering how one gets to drive the holiday train. Especially since we just had a derailment here, we were thinking this must be some high up CTA privilege. The guy handing out the candy canes and the conductor both had old school south side accents. The conductor was so completely patient as the train went through downtown and was so packed no one could get on - he still made all the stops and pleasantly reminded people to let passengers off before the got on - not that a single other person could have fit in by that point.

    10. mnappe 65 months ago | reply

      You have better train luck than I've been having all week! Mine have not been festive at all. Just very odorous.

    11. punk_drizzle 65 months ago | reply

      Great capture. Very cool.

    12. SassyLeo 65 months ago | reply

      love it. wish the TTC would catch the spirit!

    13. kelp! 65 months ago | reply

      This is so cool!

    14. alaskaval 65 months ago | reply

      so awesome!!!!!! omg i love chicago at christmas SO. MUCH.

    15. S. J. Pajonas (spajonas) 65 months ago | reply

      this is awesome! why doesn't the MTA do this? :( oh yeah, because they suck.

    16. salvagekat 65 months ago | reply

      AW! This warms my heart - and almost makes me feel like I caught the awesome Christmas train too!! :)

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