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CSX Santa Train: Marty Stuart to Serve as Special Guest on 77th Santa Train

October 29, 2019

Five-Time Grammy Winner Set To Bring Holiday Cheer at CSX’s Annual Holiday Event

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Oct. 29, 2019) – Platinum-selling country music legend Marty Stuart will be the special guest on the 77th running of the CSX Santa Train on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

Stuart has released 18 studio albums. His undeniable impact has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards, including five Grammy Awards.

“My friend Ricky Skaggs was able to ride the Santa Train a few years back. As he told me more about this incredible event, I knew I wanted to be involved,” Stuart said. “This tradition means so much to so many families across Appalachia, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Each year since 1942, CSX’s Santa Train has embarked on a journey from Shelby, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn., to spread holiday cheer while passing out gifts to families in cities along the route. The Santa Train makes 12 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee stopping to deliver toys, food and winter clothing to hundreds of residents along the way. Stuart will accompany Santa Claus and event sponsors CSX, Appalachian Power, Food City, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and Soles4Souls on the 110-mile trek.  

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Marty Stuart is choosing to spread holiday cheer on the 77th Santa Train,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of CSX Corporate Communications. “Marty has reached so many incredible milestones in his career, and we know families across the route will be thrilled that he’s this year’s special guest.”

Prominently featured throughout Ken Burns’ “Country Music” documentary, Stuart released his celebrated record “The Pilgrim-Deluxe Edition” for the first time ever last week on vinyl via MCA Nashville/UMG Nashville/UME. This special 20th anniversary release is being issued on double vinyl and includes a bonus CD with 10 never-before-released tracks, available only with the purchase of the Pilgrim vinyl.

Coming soon, The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music in his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss., will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of country music through live musical performance and educational programming. For additional information, visit

Fans can use the hashtag #CSXSantaTrain19 to follow the train online and engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media. 

Photos and video from this year’s Santa Train will be available Monday, Nov. 25. Email Kirsten Grenier at if you are interested in using the images.


For more information, please contact:
Kirsten Grenier, MP&F Strategic Communications, (615) 259-4000,
For Marty Stuart, please contact:
Mary Moyer, Q Prime, (212) 302-9790,

About the Santa Train:
Now in its 77th year, the Santa Train operates along a 110-mile route through Appalachia, making 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee to distribute more than 15 tons of toys and other items to Appalachian families. The Santa Train is sponsored by CSX, Food City, Appalachian Power, Soles4Souls and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About CSX:
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  

About Marty Stuart:
Marty Stuart is a five-time Grammy winner, Platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ’90s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition that kicks off the CMA Music Festival, with recent guests including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neko Case, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Dan Auerbach and many more.

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