Conrail’s Santa train distributes toys at Christmas

Every year, the good people at Conrail’s Browns Yard in Sayreville, NJ, run a Santa Train from the yard to Freehold, NJ, via the CR Amboy Secondary and the Freehold Industrial Track. At two locations (Freehold and Jamesburg), the train stops and Santa distributes toys to the local children. Assistance is provided by the local PBA and volunteer fire companies. The 2009 train is seen passing one of the steady customers on the Freehold Industrial Track, just a half-mile west of its final destination at the former Pennsylvania Railroad station in downtown Freehold, with NS GP40-2 3022 (ex-CR 3315, blt 5/78) and CSX GP40-2 4425 (ex-CR 3340, blt 6/78).

Image recorded Saturday, December 12, 2009. 

Conrail's Santa train en route to distribute toys at ChristmasClick on the image to display it at a larger size. Use your browser’s Back button to return to this page.


  1. Dear Sirs,
    Would you kindly provide me with the date that the Browns Yard Santa Train will be rolling into Jamesburg New Jersey this year.Does Santa distr
    ibute toys to a specific group of children?

    • Hi Barbara,
      The Conrail Santa Train will run Saturday, December 13th, departing about 10:00am from Browns Yard in Sayreville. The train runs through Jamesburg, without stopping, on the way to Freehold, and will stop in front of the firehouse in Jamesburg on the return trip in the afternoon (probably 2:30 – 3:00ish). Generally, all children on line at the firehouse will receive a small gift, but dress warmly, as it has been quite cold at times in the past. Hope this helps!
      Happy Holidays,

  2. Hi Chris or Conrail I’m the grandson of Tom LoPresti can you please contact me my email is lpchris44@hotmail I would like some more info on the Santa train thank you

  3. Hi!

    Would you be able to tell me the date and time of the Santa train from Sarivelle this year? Thanks so much!!

    • Hi, and thanks for visiting! The Browns Yard Santa Train runs on the second Saturday of December (so, 12/10 this year), leaving the yard in Sayreville at about 10:00am, and arrives in Freehold a little before noon. It generally leaves Freehold at about 2:00, and arrives for the stop in Jamesburg at about 3:00pm. The train runs rain, snow or shine, so let’s hope for good weather…Happy Holidays!

  4. How’s it goin! Can someone tell me when the CSAO Santa Train of 2017 is gonna run?

    • The Conrail Santa Train runs on the second Saturday of December, so it will be December 9th this year. Usual departure is 10am from Browns Yard in Sayreville for a 12noon arrival in Freehold. Return trip should arrive for the stop in Jamesburg at about 3:00pm. Thanks for stopping by & be safe out there!

  5. Did the train run this year due to the snowstorm. Had to work, the OT was nice though. Thank You and Happy Holidays.

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