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  • Mark Bassett
  • November 25, 2009

It is that time of the year again-the days are getting shorter, the weather is definitely colder, and we have had snow on the ground. The staff and volunteers are preparing the locomotive and the passenger cars for some very special annual trips.

What trips? Why, they are the most special trips of the year. Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Nevada Northern Railway Museums offers a very special train, the Polar Express! Join us for a magical trip to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus.

At the front of the train, the massive diesel locomotive is idling quietly. If you stand close, you can feel the throb of its V-16 diesel engine ready to produce 1,750 horsepower. The passenger carsElyandNevadaare decorated and ready for passengers. Then, just before departure time, the conductor will yell, “All Aboard to the North Pole!” Passengers will start loading. Once everyone is loaded, the conductor will close-up the train and signal the engineer that it is time to depart.

Up front, the engineer gives three sharp toots of the whistle and begins ringing the bell. Then the engineer pulls the throttle into run 1—for a moment, nothing happens. Then slowly, the wheels start turning. The locomotive bunches against the passenger cars. Slowly the train begins to pick up speed. Rolling past the station it’s off to the North Pole!

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Ready to board the train at the North Pole is the conductor, Santa’s helper, and of course the jolly old elf himself—Santa.

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On the Polar Express Santa stops to receive everyone’s Christmas wishes.

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At the North Pole, Santa climbs aboard the train to wish everyone a joyous Merry Christmas.

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The Polar Express is a family event.

Based on the popular children’s book,The Polar Express, this is a story of a young boy and his sister who learn from their friends that there is no Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, however, the boy hears a distant whistle and sees a locomotive pull into his front yard. He boards it and is on a journey northward; the destination is the North Pole.

After he and the other children disembark, they learn that it is nearly time for Santa to begin his annual Christmas Eve journey. Before he departs, Santa will select one of the children to receive the first gift of Christmas, which can be anything that they wish. The young boy is selected and after much thought, he chooses a bell from the harness of Santa’s reindeer.

When he begins his trip to his home, the boy discovers that he had a hole in his pocket and lost the bell. The next morning, though, he receives an extra present: the bell with a note from Santa. His parents are disappointed because they do not hear the sweet jingle from it, and they think that it is broken. However, the boy and his sister DO hear the clear, sweet sound because of their faith in Santa and the spirit of Christmas.

Many years later, the sister could no longer hear the jingle, but the boy always could. He always believed in the spirit of Christmas.

Come join us, to experience a real life Polar Express. Locomotive 204 will hook up to the passenger cars,ElyandNevadafrom November 27 through December 29. Then we head north—all the way to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. On our way to the North Pole, the engineer will be watching the track ahead to make sure we stay on the rails.

Inside the train, all passengers will be served hot chocolate and cookies. Once everyone is served, we will read the story ofThe Polar Express. Upon our arrival at the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet all of the passengers. Santa and his elves will present a silver bell to all of the passengers. After Santa gets off the train, we will head back to Ely. During the trip back everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols.

So dress warmly and join us for our annual trek to the North Pole.

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Is the Polar Express a steam train? ›

The most iconic feature of The Polar Express is its sleek black steam engine.

What does the conductor say on the Polar Express? ›

The Conductor: Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.

What type of engine is the Polar Express? ›

The locomotive featured in the film is an American 2-8-4 Berkshire type steam locomotive modeled after the Pere Marquette 1225, which had spent many years on static display near Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan, on the campus of Michigan State University, where Chris Van Allsburg recalled playing on the engine ...

How long is the Polar Express train ride near me? ›

We recommend you allow 1.5 hours for the whole experience.

Does the train actually move on The Polar Express? ›

Yes, the train does move. You will be on-board for approximately 1 hour.

Does a steam train have smoke or steam? ›

Both. The smoke is from burning fuel; and most steam trains exhaust the steam out and later trains (designed near the end of steam train) sometimes condense the steam so that it is not exhausted into the atmosphere but a vacuum in order to increase thermal efficiency.

What is the most famous quote from The Polar Express? ›

Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart. These words ring true for Hero Boy who has his faith in Christmas restored, but also for the rest of us!

Why does Tom Hanks play everyone in Polar Express? ›

Behind the scenes

Hanks would eventually understand what the director desired and agreed to have the film be motion-captured. Robert Zemeckis initially wanted Hanks to play every character, but this proved to be too exhausting for Hanks, so his roles were cut down to five.

What does the hobo on the train represent in Polar Express? ›

Some fans have speculated that he is a representation of Santa Claus, while others think he may be a guardian angel sent to look after the children on their journey. His backstory was cut from the original film as the creators thought the film had a better flow without it.

How many voices did Tom Hanks do in Polar Express? ›

Tom Hanks plays seven roles in The Polar Express, including the main character Hero Boy and the punctual Conductor. Hanks provided motion capture and facial expressions for Hero Boy, while the voice was provided by Spy Kid's Daryl Sabara.

How fast is the Polar Express train? ›

How fast does the train go? The train averages about 30 miles per hour.

Is the Polar Express 2 coming out? ›

Producer Gary Goetzman confirmed that Warner Bros. is planning a sequel, but it is still in early development stages. When will The Polar Express 2 be released? There is no expected release date. The film is in early development, and animation takes time, so it may be released around 2027 or 2028.

Is Polar Express better at night or day? ›

Consider what time of day you travel. Younger kids may do better on earlier trains, but the last train ride of the evening is arguably the most atmospheric when it's darker outside, the train cars seem cozier, and you can see the holiday lights better.

Do you get off the train on The Polar Express? ›

You are on board the train for approximately 1 hour. Once your experience is over you can spend as much time in our gift shop as you wish but we tend to find guests spend around 15min – 30min here before you head back on the shuttle to the car park. Therefore we find guests are with us around 1:30-2 hours.

Do you get food on The Polar Express? ›

Every customer travelling on the POLAR EXPRESS™ will receive Hot chocolate, a cookie and the sleigh bell from Santa, (the first gift of Christmas). Customers in the premium carriages will also receive the special ceramic mug each and the special POLAR EXPRESS™ bag (per pair of seats).

Is the Orient Express a steam engine? ›

This train is far too heavy for a steam engine; it's been years since they used one,” said the attendant greeting guests.

What train is this Polar Express? ›

Here's the scoop: The animation team modeled The Polar Express locomotive after Pere Marquette Railway No. 1225, which is 2-8-4 Berkshire wheel arrangement built by the Lima Locomotive Works in October 1941. The locomotive is part of the PM's N-1 class.

Is The Polar Express train heated? ›

All of the trains encourage kids to wear their pajamas, just like the boy in the story, and they won't be chilly as the trains are heated.

What is The Polar Express train ride like? ›

Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment just like in the film!

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