Source: Metrolink (Press Release)
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 4, 5 & 6, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and friends will board the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express® to bring cheer to Riverside and Orange County. For the 13th consecutive year, Santa's glittering train will travel from city to city, entertaining families and collecting toys for those in need of some holiday goodwill. This brightly packaged gift to Metrolink communities - a 450-ton train decorated with holiday displays and 50,000 twinkling lights - delivers a live musical performance, holiday play, and community fun on its 47-city tour.
On Friday, December 4, the Holiday Toy Express is expected to arrive at the Newhall station at 7:30 p.m. (24300 Railroad Ave., 91321) and will arrive at the Sylmar/San Fernando station at 8:30 p.m. (12219 Frank Modugno Dr., 91342).
On Saturday, December 5, the Holiday Toy Express will arrive at the Tustin station at 5:45 p.m. (2975 Edinger Ave., 92780) then make its way to the Irvine station at 6:30 p.m. (15215 Barranca Parkway, 92618). For its next stop, the train will arrive at the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station at 7:30 p.m. (28200 Forbes Road, 92677). For its final stop that evening, the Holiday Toy Express will arrive at the San Juan Capistrano depot at 8:30 p.m. (26701 Verdugo St., 92675).
On Sunday, December 6, the Holiday Toy Express will arrive at the San Clemente (north) station at 5:45 p.m. (1850 Avenida Estacion, 92672) then make its way to visit our troops and their families at the Camp Pendleton U.S.M.C. Base at 7:15 p.m. (Marine Corps Base, 92055-5010*). The train will make its final stop this weekend at the San Clemente Pier station at 8:45 p.m. (615 Avenida Victoria, 92672).
*Media note: Access to Camp Pendleton is restricted. RSVP to 760-214-5574 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please arrive at the main gate by 6:15 p.m.
Before heading to your local station to enjoy this free holiday treat, please remember to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Southland Firefighters' "Spark of Love" toy drive, supported by Metrolink and KABC Channel 7. Local firefighters last year collected more than 600,000 toys during their annual toy drive. All toys collected will be distributed by firefighters to families in their local communities who may not be able to afford gifts this holiday season.
"In light of our struggling economy, this year is a particularly tough one for many families," Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse said. "Providing this opportunity to experience a fun, festive event and help our firefighters collect toys to brighten the holidays for children is one way Metrolink gives back to the communities we serve."
While Santa's sleigh is magic, his train can't run in the rain. In the event of bad weather, please call Metrolink's customer-service line at (800) 371-LINK (5465), visit the Metrolink website at metrolinktrains.com or follow Metrolink on Twitter at twitter.com/Metrolink to find out whether your hometown visit will be rescheduled. For the full Holiday Toy Express schedule click here.
Metrolink would like to thank its 2009 sponsors, including Union Pacific Railroad; Connex Railroad (a division of Veolia Transportation); Bombardier; United Taxi; Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; the cities of Buena Park, Moorpark, Montclair, San Clemente, and Fullerton; the Depot at Santa Ana; the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce; the Downtown Burbank Partnership; and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (LANG).
Metrolink is Southern California's regional commuter rail service in its 16th year of operations. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority, a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. The agency currently contracts with Connex Railroad, LLC for the personnel that operate, supervise and manage Metrolink commuter rail service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county 512 route-mile network.
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