1003's only appearance in 2006 is for WSOR's Santa Train. The train was run in conjunction with Hartford, WI's Christmas parade, Santa's next stop.
The 1003's "drive train".
Soo Mikado #1003 begins the trip east from Horicon by passing one of numerous farms en route to Hartford.
Soo Mikado #1003 is seen here passing through picturesque rural Wisconsin, and the cliche country farm on the way out of town.
Soo Mikado #1003 storms past the local cemetery in Rubicon, WI.
Soo Mikado #1003 leads a short special onto "fast track" at Iron Ridge, opening the throttle and puttin on quite a show for the railfans.
Soo Mikado #1003 leads a short special into Hartford, the end of the journey for this train; making sure to finish the run with quite a display.
Builder's plate of the 1003.
Santa Train riding WSOR rails. (www.orionimages.net)
Broadside pose of the locomotive, while the children meet Santa in "his" caboose.
Arriving in Hartford.
Climbing the grade out of Iron Ridge.
Soo Line #1003 crosses Main Street in Stoughton, WI
Soo Line 1003 storms through Randolph during a photo freight charter organized by Dave Goodheart.