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Santas from Across the Globe Visit Owosso's Steam Railroading Institute and Ride North Pole Express As Part of Santa Training

Posted by UPSHIA.COM at 1:58pm 11/7/19

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It's part of world class training in the art of Santa-ing; taking a ride on the authentic Polar Express locomotive, Steam Railroading Institute's Pere Marquette 1225. Hundreds of professional Santas from all over the globe boarded the train on Friday October 19th 2018 for an unforgettable experience, part of weekend training offered by the world-renowned Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland.

Jolly St. Nicks from as far as Israel, Germany and Denmark, Georgia and Virginia, and all across Michigan are taking part in the annual training this year. We were fortunate to be invited to join them on their Friday train trip. Santa Rick, from Atlanta Georgia, operates his own Santa school there, but told us how important it is even for him to take part in ongoing training. He said he comes every year to learn, but he did teach us that the quality of the suit is of the utmost importance.  

The Cost to Kringle

Santa Rick said while, all told, Santa could spend $1,800 on the right gear, good suits start at around $600. But, as is usually the case, accessories are as important as anything else. He said the right belt and buckle could run Santa several hundred dollars.

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After a quick trip aboard the North Pole Express that included a perfect cup of hot cocoa, a fantastic Christmas cookie and hundreds of Santas singing Christmas carols together, many of the Santas gathered for a photo op at the front of the Pere Marquette 1225 locomotive that inspired the design of the locomotive in the animated movie, The Polar Express. The sounds from that locomotive are the sounds you hear in the movie. Then, Santa and Santa and Santa and all the Santas took a quick walk through downtown Owosso before boarding buses and heading back to class in Midland.

Steam Railroading Institute offers similar North Pole Express excursions to the public leading up to the Christmas holiday each year.  There are still a few tickets remaining for the November 16th excursion.  The rest of the 2019 season is sold out. 

Visit Steam Railroading Institute online here.

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