(Emory Gordy, Jr., Patty Loveless)
Arranged by Emory Gordy, Jr.
from: Bluegrass & White Snow 2002)
The Appalachian tradition, co-sponsored by the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and CSX Transportation, chugs out by dawn's early light. Two locomotives pull 11 cars along the route as Santa works from his "sleigh," the last car, the West Virginia.
Santa's helpers are chamber of commerce members and CSX employees, country music singer Patty Loveless and members of the media, along to document a journey that would wipe the scowl off of any modern-day Scrooge.
The train goes through 29 towns and communities along the way, making stops lasting from three to 10 minutes in Elkhorn, Ky.; Fremont, Dante Station, St. Paul, Dungannon, Speers Ferry and Waycross, Va.; and finally halts at Kingsport, where it greets a crowd of hundreds just before the local Christmas parade.
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