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It's funny, I "knew" the 1225 long before the Polar Express movie. So at first when somebody commented "Look, it's numbered 1225!" I was like "Yeah, that's it's number..." It took me a bit to make the connection with the Christmas date.

In reading the history, there is a connection. Apparently when the engine was selected for preservation from a line of dead engines, the person doing the selection like the idea of it being 12/25 so he selected that locomotives. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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