11/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

No Money For Holiday Trains

For the first time since 1996, Lisle resident Jack Kelly will have no reason to dust off his Polar Express Conductor costume. His train won't be leaving the station this year.

Metra and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway have canceled their popular Polar Express and Santa Train programs this year.

Spokesmen from neither rail company returned messages left for them Tuesday afternoon, but an e-mail sent to event coordinator Wayne Dunham from Metra contract manager Tammie Matteson on Oct. 3 confirmed the cancellation.

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