Photo: Gerard FischerThe Kansas City Southern Holiday Express attracted a big crowd on Sunday evening in Godfrey. Long lines of children and families waited for a chance to not only see the train decked out in thousands of holiday lights, but also to see Santa.

Attendees were shuttled from Lewis and Clark Community College and then waited in a line that at times was more than a quarter mile long just to get close to the train. Some who attempted to see the train up close gave up, but found parking behind the Latter Day Saints Church on Humbert Photo: Gerard FischerRoad that was just a few hundred yards away and close enough for a few photos. Donations to the event supported the Alton Salvation Army, and the office of Gerard Fischer American Family Insurance provided hot chocolate to those waiting in line as well as a matching donation to the Alton Salvation Army. 

If you missed the Godfrey stop, there will be a stop this evening in Jerseyville at Route 16 and Morean Street starting at 4pm, then in Roodhouse at the Depot on Tuesday beginning at 4pm. Admission is free.

(Photos: Gerard Fischer - Facebook)

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