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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted Photo The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express will be in the area Dec. 9-11 this year.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A festive holiday train is expected to make its first stop in Arkansas today.

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train began its journey last month in Victoria, Texas. After stops in 20 cities, the trip will end Dec. 15 at Union Station in Kansas City, where the six-car train will remain on display through Dec. 19.

The route includes a stop Wednesday in Ashdown at Main Street and U.S. 71, another on Thursday in Mena at 524 Sherwood Ave. and a final Arkansas visit Sunday in Siloam Springs on Jefferson Street. The stops are set for 4 p.m. each day.

It features a smiling tank car dubbed "Rudy," a gingerbread boxcar, a flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, plus a reindeer stable and a miniature village. There's also an elves' workshop and even a little red caboose.

Guests get to visit Santa and tour the train.

Entry is free and open to the public, and the length of each visit is dependent on crowd size.

Reporter Brandon Riddle contributed to this story.

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