Rail group raffling off chance to ride on “Christmas Train”

The Florida East Coast Railway Society is raffling off a chance to ride on the 2016 “Christmas Train,” which will deliver toys to children at stops between Jacksonville and Miami. FECR Santa Train 1

Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100, and can be purchased on the society’s website.

All profits will be directed to Florida East Coast Railway’s Toys for Tots campaign, the society said.

Two winners will be named on Nov. 12. Each winner will receive two tickets to ride the Florida East Coast Railway’s annual Christmas Train.

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Winners be “Santa’s elves” throughout the day working on the train and at each stop.

“This is the ultimate Florida Railfan Experience,” the society wrote on its Facebook page.

“While there is some hard work involved, you’ll also be treated to a day you’ll always remember for the once-in-a-lifetime experience, the wonderful food, the amazing camaraderie, and an unmatched railfan experience of riding in the FEC business cars, the St Augustine and the Azalea,” the society said.

Florida East Coast Railway has been running the holiday-themed train for more than five years. In 2014, the company raised roughly $400,000 in contributions and gift donations for Toys for Tots.