Santa Trains and Toys for Tots!


Santa Trains and Toys for Tots!


VRE’s Annual Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains

Every year just before Christmas, kids and their parents are given=
the opportunity to ride a train and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus,=
who are on board VRE trains to promote rail safety and Operat=
ion Lifesaver’s “Look, Listen and Live” campaig=
n. There will be plenty of Santa’s helpers joining in han=
ding out candy canes and coloring books, along with high school =
choral groups and other festivity-makers.

We know it has been a long wait (as some of you have been anxious =
about Santa Trains since May), but information on the ever popula=
r Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains is finally here!

Again, the event, taking place on Saturday, December 8th uses this =
opportunity to remind people of the importance of rail safety. So=
remember, that this event is not just for fun, but it also has a=
serious and important message: “Look, listen and live!” from Ope=
ration Lifesaver.
The Santa trains will run out of four station=
s: Burke Centre, Leeland Road, Manassas and Woodbridge.

In addition, Operation Lifesaver Santa Trains also work in c=
onjunction with the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. So o=
n December 8th, our Leeland Road, Manassas, Burke Centre, and Woo=
dbridge stations will be drop off sites for the Marine Corps Toys=
for Tots Campaign. We are, therefore, encouraging everyone to br=
ing a toy to the Santa Trains so that someone less fortunate in t=
he Virginia area can share in the joys of the holidays.

There will be one change, however, to Santa Trains this year. Becau=
se of crowding expected from the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Fr=
edericksburg, we will run trains out of Leeland Road in Stafford instead =
of in the City of Fredericksburg. The Leeland Road station is across from=
Conway Elementary School.

Tickets go on sale Monday November 26th at 9 a.m. More information =
about ticket sales and trains can be found on the “What’s New” section of=
our home page at

The tickets sell out fast, both online and in person. Last year, VR=
E sold 7,500 tickets.



Support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots

‘Tis=09 the Season for Giving=

VRE will be holding its annual Toys for Tots collection on Wednesda=
y, December 5th.

Once again, we are helping the U.S. Marine Corps to distribute toys=
to less fortunate children that might not otherwise receive any=
gifts during the holidays. The toys and donations by VRE riders=
will go towards making the holidays for underprivileged childre=
n in Washington a more special and exciting time.

Participating is easy. Leave an unwrapped, new toy on your seat whe=
n you detrain that morning and our conductors will collect the =
toys after the train reaches the storage yard. Conductors will a=
lso be accepting donation checks and gift cards for the event. P=
lease make your checks payable to: “Toys for Tots.”

VRE riders have always been very generous in the past and we would =
like to continue this tradition by helping make this holiday se=
ason special for children who may not be as fortunate as others.=

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