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A Holiday tradition is coming back to Ventura County

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The Sunburst Train and Sierra Northern Railway will continue the tradition of traveling through the Santa Clara River Valley making stops during the night to collect unwrapped toys for donation

A railroad which went out of business last year, is back with new owners for the festive season

Seasonal train rides operated by the long-time operator of the 30-mile Fillmore and Western railway in Ventura County ceased operations last year.

The new owners, Sierra Northern Railway, have resurrected one holiday tradition in the county already.

The Holiday Toy Drive Train. A non-passenger service which collects gift donations.

Although the holiday passenger trains aren’t returning just yet, Matthew Blackburn, Ventura Division Manager for Sierra Northern Railways, told KCLU that this is a way to bring Christmas spirit to the Santa Paula Valley.

"Our train will be heading east through the valley collecting toys for donation. We will have Santa there on the train," he said.

The Holiday Toy Drive train takes place on Saturday November 26:

6:20pm to 6:50pm Pedestrian Crossing 2000ft east of Montgomery Ave, Ventura

7:00pm to 7:30pm Aleia St – Saticoy Depot, Ventura

8:00pm to 8:30pm Santa Paula Depot, Santa Paula

9:15pm to 9:45pm Sespe Ave and Old Telegraph in Fillmore (across the street from the Fire Station).

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.