December 2, 2010

This luxurious lounge and sleeper car was part of BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train that stopped in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 at the Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

This well-appointed sleeper car was part of BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train that stopped in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 at the Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

Passengers received ornaments to remember their trip by on BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train that stopped in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 at the Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

This classic dining car with white linen and crystal table settings was part of BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train that stopped in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 at the Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

Military families board BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they were offered a free ride Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

Military families have their photos taken before they board BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they were offered a free ride Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

Military families snap photos before they board BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they were offered a free ride Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

Eric Meza, (barely seen) right, who is in the Air Force, prepares to ride the dome car with his wife Amber and their daughter Gabriella, 18 months, on BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they were offered a free ride Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion. JESSE TINSLEY

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Robert Zeug, who is in the Air Force, prepares to ride the dome car with his daughter Megan, 10, on BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they offered a free ride Thursday, Nov. 2, 2010 from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion on classic rail cars assembled for the event. JESSE TINSLEY