Joel Lerner, while on duty for Pioneer Press, caught these images while covering Santa's Express train action on the CTA's Purple line Tuesday, December 22, 2009.
CTA's Holiday Train pulls into the Howard St. station.
Twelve-year-old Angeles Lopez shakes hands with Santa during the CTA's Holiday Train's stop at the Howard St. station.
Evanston's Matthew (left) with his sister Anna Clemson.
Three-year-old Khendal Terrell of Evanston gets some candy canes from Santa's helper, Ian.
Castanza Wilson of Skokie,with her godson Marocco Vaughn, 4, shoots a picture in the Linden St. station.
Sarah Quish of Wilmette leads her son Emmett, 3, back onto the CTA Holiday Train with everyone else at the Linden St. station for the trip south.
Five-year-old Jason McDermott of Evanston poses with Santa in the Linden St. station.
Sam, Allie, and Abbie Deyhle of Evanston poses with Santa in front of CTA Purple Line Holiday Train on Tuesday evening.