The Polar Express - nnry (2024)

It is that time of the year again, the days are getting shorter, the weather is definitely colder, we have had snow on the ground, and the Nevada Northern Railway shop crew is preparing steam locomotive 93 for some very special annual trips. What trips? Why, they are the most special trips of the year. Starting November 25th at 4:00 pm and going through until December 22, Locomotive 93 will couple up to passenger carsElyandNevadafor an extraordinary journey to a far away place—the North Pole— for a visit with Santa Claus.

Our trains are based on the children’s bookThe Polar Express, 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. However, he will select one of them 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 he 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.

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

We invite everybody to join us for these special trains, as we fire up Locomotive 93, hook up to passenger cars,ElyandNevadaand journey northward to the North Pole. On the trip to the North Pole we will be serving hot chocolate and cookies. Once everyone is served, we will read the story ofThe Polar Expressas Locomotive 93 continues her journey northward.

Once through the magical tunnels we arrive at the North Pole. Then Santa Claus will visit the train and its travelers. He and his elves will greet all of the passengers and give them a silver bell as a memento of their trip. After Santa leaves the train, we will head back to Ely singing Christmas carols.

I am one of those children who never grew up and I love Christmas. I invite all of our friends and supporters from White Pine County to ride the Polar Express (remember White Pine residents receive a discount). Please make your reservations early; these trains are being marketed to Las Vegas and Reno.

Now for the Grinch part: the reason for the Museum for putting on the Polar Express is to raise funds for both the museum and the community. It was the dream twenty years ago that the railroad would become an economic generator for the community once again, as it was before it closed down.

It is the goal of the Museum, in working with other community groups, to build large community events that attract visitors from all over. Due to the success of last year’s trains, the Museum more than doubled the number of trains running this year. This of course doubles the number of tickets available.

With our Haunted Ghost trains completed only two weeks ago, we already have reservations for the Polar Express Trains and the advertising has barely started. (The last two Haunted Ghost Trains sold out; if you want to go on the Polar Express trainsreserve your seats ASAP.) Most of those reservations are from out-of-towners coming to Ely to ride the Polar Express.

That means out-of-town passengers will be filling up our motels, having meals in our restaurants, and filling up with gas at our gas stations. This will be bringing money into the community after the traditional tourist season has ended and just before Christmas when that extra money can be put to good use.

How successful will we be? Good question. Polar Express trains in the other parts of the country sell out by mid-November. Since this is our fourth year, we are still learning a little more on how to improve it each year. But I see the Polar Express growing more each year, especially with the Polar Express movie staring Tom Hanks that was released last year.

Building on the excitement, theConvention Centeris putting on a community event: The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas, of which the Polar Express is just one aspect. Other components include a Christmas Ball, Festival of Trees & Auction, Craft Bazaar. and Christmas Parade. The advertising campaign has barely started in Las Vegas and as mentioned earlier, people are already responding.

After all, how can you really celebrate Christmas without snow? And what are the chances of snow in Las Vegas? Now all we need is snow in Ely the days that the Polar Express runs.

N.B. Story review provided by teacher Katy Smith, Pratt Elementary School, Pratt, West Virginia

The Polar Express - nnry (2024)


What is the famous phrase in The Polar Express? ›

Remember, the true meaning of Christmas lies in your heart. Remember, the true meaning of Christmas lies in your heart. The quote from The Polar Express, "Remember, the true meaning of Christmas lies in your heart," serves as a gentle reminder of the essence of this festive season.

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.

Why did Polar Express get bad reviews? ›

Tom Hanks (left) as the unnamed Conductor and Daryl Sabara (right) as Hero Boy in the 2004 animated movie "The Polar Express." Let's address the elephant in the room: a lot of people hate this movie. The most common complaint is that the animation makes the people look uncanny, and I get it.

What was the point of the hobo in The Polar Express? ›

Hobo – The Hobo is a magical and ghostly character who inhabits the roof of the train and understands the true meaning of Christmas. He plays Devil's Advocate to test the strength of the Hero Boy's skepticism about Santa throughout the film.

Is there a deeper meaning to Polar Express? ›

The Spiritual Aspect Of Santa Is Further Hinted At

The Polar Express comes to a heartwarming conclusion with the Hero Boy embracing his belief in the holiday season and Santa Claus himself. This is signified by the bell under the tree on Christmas Day.

What is the moral of The Polar Express? ›

Parents need to know that, like the book that inspired it, the The Polar Express has wonderful messages about the importance of believing, the value of friendship, respect for leadership and courage, and the beauty of being kind to others.

Why does Tom Hanks play everyone in Polar Express? ›

Hanks plays five roles in the film including that of a small child (whose voice would later be dubbed in by Daryl Sabara). Initially Zemeckis considered having him play every role, but after trying this, Hanks grew exhausted, and they whittled down the number.

Who is the homeless ghost in Polar Express? ›

They explain to Hero Boy and Hero Girl that he's actually the ghost of King, a young boy who was killed in Flat Top Tunnel, the very tunnel where he saves Hero Boy's life.

Why was The Polar Express Cancelled? ›

The popular train ride has been canceled for the 2022 season, citing a "systemwide shortage of railroad personnel" that has left the station with "not enough certified operating crews," according to the Polar Express website.

What is controversial about Polar Express? ›

What is The Polar Express “controversy” and why is it “creepy”? The Polar Express is controversial and “creepy” to some viewers thanks to its animation style, which created a phenomenon known as “Uncanny Valley.”

Why is The Polar Express so trippy? ›

Well, it's because of the animation. The graphics are so life-like, but at the same time, not quite realistic enough, which has given many the creeps. Well this is because of uncanny valley – the notion that the more human-like a non-human character becomes, the more we like it, until it becomes too unsettling.

Does The Polar Express say Santa isn't real? ›

Plus another boy explains obliquely that Christmas has 'never worked out' for him. The clear inference is, he's a poor kid with parents who couldn't afford to buy him presents. So he never got any from Santa. Then at the end, they more or less say, obliquely, that Santa doesn't exist.

Is the mom in Polar Express pregnant? ›

The mother is pregnant. The detail only appears for three seconds when the boy is looking through his keyhole to spy on what his sister is saying to their parents. The next morning, spoiler alert, he opens his presents and finds the bell from Santa that only him and his sister could hear.

Who is the ghost on the train in Polar Express? ›

The Hobo (King) is a recurring character in The Polar Express film. He is a ghost/spirit of a man who lives on top of the Polar Express and rides it whenever he feels like it for free. He does believe in Santa Claus and Christmas, but often acts goofy about it.

Who is the bum on the train in Polar Express? ›

Trivia. The Hobo is one of many characters from the film to not be originally in The Polar Express book. He is also the only character in this situation played by Tom Hanks. The Hobo tells Hero Boy, "You don't wanna be led down the primrose path!" However, the primrose path actually refers to an easy life.

What is the friendship quote in Polar Express? ›

There's no greater gift than friendship. Santa sure knows what he's talking about here! There really is no greater gift than having true friends by your side, in the good times and bad. Look, I don't know if Christmas is gonna work out for you or not, but it's Christmas Eve.

What does the conductor say in Polar Express? ›

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

What was the wish in Polar Express? ›

The boy is handpicked by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas. Realizing he could choose anything in the world, the boy asks for a bell from Santa's sleigh. An elf cuts a bell from one of the reindeer's harnesses.

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