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THE  NORTH POLE LIMITED!

STORY AND TRAIN

COURTESY OF ARKANSAS MIDLAND RAILROAD

THANKS TO THE STOP SPONSORS: 

ALCOA

CITY OF HOT SPRINGS

FIRST NATIONAL BANK

GENERAL CABLE

MALVERN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MARTIN MARIETTA AGGREGATES

STRATCOR

ON MONDAY:  THE SANTA TRAIN IS LOADED AND FUELED BY THE ELVES AT THE NORTH POLE.  THE TRAIN SETS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND ARE LOADED INTO SANTA'S CABOOSE.  ONE OF THE REINDEER HAS DONATED AN OLD SET OF DEER ANTLERS TO BE MOUNTED ON THE FRONT OF THE DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE.  THE SIGN ON THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE READS "HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS".  THE NORTH POLE LIMITED SIGN IS ON THE CABOOSE AND THE TRAIN IS SCHEDULES TO LEAVE THE NORTH POLE AS SOON AS IT IS DARK.  THE ALASKA RAILROAD CLEARS ITS TRACKS FOR A FAST RUN FROM FAIRBANKS TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA.

 

ON TUESDAY:  THE NORTH POLE LIMITED CARRYING SANTA, MRS. JOY CLAUS AND SEVERAL ELVES TO VISIT THE CHILDREN OF ARKANSAS IS SPOTTED PASSING THROUGH CANADA.  THE TRAIN IS SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON ITS TRIP TO MALVERN, BUTTERFIELD, JONES MILL, LAKESIDE, HOT SPRINGS, AND MOUNTAIN PINE, ARKANSAS.  THE TRAIN IS SCHEDULED TO PASS THROUGH THE CANADIAN BORDER TO THE UNITED STATES AND PASS THROUGH  MONTANA.  THE ENGINEER IS WORRIED ABOUT A HUGE SNOW STORM THAT COULD SLOW THE TRAIN'S PROGRESS.  HEAVY SNOWS ARE PREDICTED FOR NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNESOTA, WHICH ARE ON THE TRAIN'S ROUTE.

 

ON WEDNESDAY:  THE SPECIAL TRAIN HEADED FOR ARKANSAS GETS STUCK IN THE DEEP SNOW NEAR THE NORTH DAKOTA, MINNESOTA BORDER.  THERE IS GRAVE CONCERN AMONG THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT THE TRAIN WILL NOT MAKE IT IN TIME FOR SATURDAY'S VISIT TO THE CHILDREN OF MALVERN, BUTTERFIELD, JONES MILL, LAKESIDE, HOT SPRINGS, AND MOUNTAIN PINE.

 

ON THURSDAY:  THE SANTA TRAIN HAS TO BE PUSHED OUT OF A HUGE SNOWDRIFT BY A LARGE GREEN ENGINE.  THE NORTH POLE LIMITED IS WELL BEHIND SCHEDULE, HOWEVER THERE IS RENEWED HOPE AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT THE TRAIN WILL MAKE IT TO MALVERN, BUTTERFIELD, JONES MILL, LAKESIDE, HOT SPRINGS AND MOUNTAIN PINE.

 

ON FRIDAY:  THE NORTH POLE LIMITED CARRYING SANTA, MRS. JOY CLAUS AND SEVERAL ELVES IS BEHIND SCHEDULE ON ITS TRIP FROM THE NORTH POLE TO VISIT THE CHILDREN IN ARKANSAS.  THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD HEARS OF THE PROBLEM AND ADDS ONE OF THEIR NEWEST AND LARGEST YELLOW ENGINES TO THE TRAIN AT MINNEAPOLIS.    IT IS HOPED THAT THE EXTRA ENGINE WILL ALLOW THE TRAIN TO INCREASE SPEED AND MAKE UP LOST TIME SO IT CAN BE ON SCHEDULE TO VISIT THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF ARKANSAS  ON SATURDAY.  CHILDREN ARE ADVISED TO LISTEN FOR THE TRAIN'S WHISTLE IN THE NIGHT.

 

THIS IS THE BIG DAY!:  EVERYONE IS EXCITED BECAUSE THE NORTH POLE LIMITED AND ITS PRECIOUS CARGO HAS MADE UP LOST TIME AND IS NOW BACK ON SCHEDULE TO VISIT THE CHILDREN OF SOUTHWESTERN ARKANSAS ALONG THE LINE OF ARKANSAS MIDLAND RAILROAD.  THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD PROVIDED A BIG YELLOW ENGINE AS FAR AS THE MALVERN STATION, SO THE NORTH POLE LIMITED COULD GET BACK ON SCHEDULE.  CHILDREN SHOULD GO TO ONE OF THE STOPS, STAY SAFELY BACK FROM THE TRACKS, AND LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE OF THE NORTH POLE LIMITED.

 

 

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