Santa Visiting Chuckey Depot, Museum Saturday

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the Chuckey Depot and Museum at Jonesborough from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday to visit with children and have photos made aboard the Southern Railway X450 Caboose. The annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade follows at 6 p.m.

JONESBOROUGH — The Southern Railway X450 Caboose at the Chuckey Depot and Museum at Jonesborough will be open for visits with Santa Claus Saturday.

Santa will greet guests aboard the caboose Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade that begins at 6 p.m., a news release says.

The event is a photo opportunity and chance to see the railroad caboose. Santa will talk with children and tours of the railway car will be available, along with refreshments. Miss Historic Jonesborough will also be available for photographs with guests and Santa and Mrs. Claus .

Also Saturday, the caboose will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tours. The Chuckey Depot and Museum will also be open to visitors, the news release says. The caboose car was used for many years on the Southern Railway train tracks traveling through Jonesborough.

Southern Railway Caboose X450 was built in 1970 and ran the rails for over 22 years before it was donated to the Town of Morristown. It was purchased 13 years ago by the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society. It was moved to Jonesborough in 2005 and stored at the Spring Street Rail Yard in Jonesborough.

The caboose was recently restored to its original status and was moved in October 2017 to its new home at the Chuckey Depot and Museum site on Second Street near the railroad crossing in Jonesborough.

Parking is available at the depot parking lot. There is no charge for the event.

Visits with Santa and the historic train car are sponsored by the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum. For more information call Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.