KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - As a child, country singer Patty
Loveless received gifts from the Santa Train that rolled through
her native Eastern Kentucky mountains every holiday season.
On Nov. 17, the country singer will return as a guest on the
train as it distributes 15 tons of toys and gifts in Kentucky,
Virginia and Tennessee.
This will be the 65th journey for the Santa Train, a holiday
project co-sponsored by CSX Transportation, the Kingsport Tennessee
Area Chamber of Commerce and the Abingdon, Va.-based Food City
Loveless grew up in Pikeville, Ky., where the 110-mile trek
begins. She rode the train in 1999 and 2002 and chronicled the
trips in a song she wrote and recorded titled "Santa Train."
"Patty's personal connection with Appalachia makes her a
perfect on-board guest," said CSX chairman, president and CEO
Michael J. Ward. "The Santa Train resonated with Patty, even as a
child, and we look forward to providing lasting memories for all
those who receive gifts during our 65th year."
Other celebrities who have taken the train include Alison
Krauss, Naomi Judd, Travis Tritt and Rebecca Lynn Howard.
Loveless, a Grammy-winning singer who's has released 15 albums
since 1986, has had several hits such as "Timber, I'm Falling in
Love," "Blame it On Your Heart" and "Lonely Too Long."
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