Update: Steam locomotive 1003 will not be available for this trip. Historic Wisconsin & Southern Railroad E9 diesel will operate on the original schedule.
2012 Toys For Tots Holiday Campaign “On the Rails”
Steam Locomotive Heritage Association announces 2012 “Whistle-Stop” Santa Train Appearance
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Steam Locomotive Heritage Association is pleased to sponsor and announce the schedule and program details of the 2012 “Whistle-Stop” Santa Train Tour, coming to a town near you. Once again, the SOO 1003 steam locomotive will bring Santa Claus to towns throughout Wisconsin dazzling young kids and adults while collecting unwrapped gifts for the Toys for Tots Foundation. Accompanying Santa Claus will be special guests including players from the UW football team.
Built in 1913, SOO 1003 has traveled throughout Wisconsin the past fifteen years, thrilling thousands with the sights and sounds of a real historic steam locomotive. For the past two years, SOO 1003 has been under renovation and is now ready to make its first public appearance since November, 2010.
Other groups participating in this event include: Toys for Tots Organization, Marine Corps, UW Athletics and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad.
Below are the program details including “Whistle-Stop” schedule for Saturday, November 3, 2012. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Milton, WI and will make scheduled 20-minute stops between Milton and Middleton, WI. The program will conclude at 3:00 p.m. with its last stop in Middleton.
The event will be an opportunity for children of all ages to meet Santa Claus on-board an historic Milwaukee Road Caboose. All children and adults are asked to bring a new unwrapped gift to donate to under privileged children throughout Wisconsin for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.
- Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
- Participants: Toys for Tots Organization / Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Foundation / UW Athletics / 1003 Organization / Wisconsin & Southern Railroad / Local Chambers of Commerce
- Equipment: SOO 1003 Steam Engine, Baggage cars, Refurbished Milwaukee Road Caboose
- Route: Milton to Middleton, WI, 20 min stops at each station
- Stations: Milton, Edgerton, Stoughton, McFarland, Madison and Middleton.
- On-Board: Santa Claus, Marine Corps Representatives, Toys for Tots Director,
University of Wisconsin football players and 1003 crew and uniformed conductor.
SCHEDULE – Saturday, November 3, 2012
Arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change
10:00 a.m. – Milton depot (Map to Milton depot)
10:20 – Depart Milton depot
10:40 – Arrive Edgerton depot (Map to Edgerton depot)
11:00 – Depart Edgerton depot
11:30 – Arrive Stoughton depot (Map to Stoughton depot)
11:50 – Depart Stoughton depot
12:20 p.m. – Arrive McFarland’s Larson Park (Map to Larson Park)
(Allow for watering of locomotive)
1:05 – Depart McFarland’s Larson Park
1:50 – Arrive Madison at Randall Street and Campus Drive (Map to location)
2:20 – Depart Madison
2:40 – Arrive downtown Middleton (Map to location)
3:00 – PROGRAM CONCLUSION