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Sullivan's Railroad Polar Express ride brings smiles and fun

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - It was all aboard at Sullivan's Railroad, a family run business in Horseheads.

"They do such a nice job every year and it's wonderful, it gives the kids a really great experience," said Ellen Reed. 

Reed has been a passenger for almost 30 years now.

"I grew up in Horseheads, I moved here in 1989 and I think I've been riding it ever since and I brought the tradition again with my son," Reed said. 

Families lined up for the same tradition Sunday morning, to take a ride on Sullivan's miniature trains.

The people operating the rides are members of the Sullivan family.

"We do it for fun, we like to have kids come, adults come give train rides so it's a hobby for us and we also like to do it for an organization," said railroad owner Art Sullivan.  "We're very involved with the Arctic League and that's what we're hoping people will come ride the train, give a small donation and have fun." 

His niece, Bridgett Sullivan started the annual holiday event "Sullivan's Railroad Polar Express." 

"Well the Polar Express route is really big like 12 years ago and my older girls loved it and I thought why not, we have a train, let's start it," she said. 

Kids and their families lined up for ride after ride.  After the train ride, sweet treats were served with hot chocolate, then it was time to meet Santa Claus.

Rides are typically scheduled throughout the summer because family members have day jobs.

The train rides are free, however they accept donations to benefit the Arctic League and other charities throughout the community. 

The Sullivans say the smiles they see on faces while making the community a better place is all worth it, one train ride at a time.

Sullivan Railroad is on 61 Old Ithaca Rd in Horseheads.

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