With a variety of seasonal events, North Alabama Railroad Museum offers rides on their historic trains. The museum is self-guided, but among the seasonal rides are the Santa Train ride during the holidays and Pumpkin Picking ride in autumn.
After reading the Santa Train description on their website, I decided to take my family this year (2015). Needless to say, the actual event is nothing like the description on the website. The actual train was not "antique", more like old/rusted. The train was not decorated inside/out, no holiday music was played. The cookies/milk was a small prepackaged bag of cookies and a squeezable yoohoo drink. The ONLY interaction with Santa was when he walked up/down the train car to say hi, then a one-on-one session for a few minutes in the back. The gifts each kid got was a fanny pack with their logo and a plastic water bottle/straw. For $25 a ticket, this was the worst experience. The train goes 5-10mph one way for 20 minutes or so, then backs up to finish. If anyone stood up while the train was moving, you were told to sit down. Imagine having kids that are super excited to 1: ride on a train, and 2: see Santa, but they have to remain seated which doesn't allow them to see anything. Bottom line, DO NOT PUT YOUR TIME/MONEY INTO THIS! Go to the one in Tennessee, you will regret it as I did.
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