What’s new this week?

Some of our trains have begun departures and others finish final preparation. All aboard!

Cape Cod Central Railroad

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Big thumbs up from the chefs on our departure of the season.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway

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Behind the scenes sneak peak of one of our team members hanging lights for our guests to enjoy on an evening ride.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Batesville, MS

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Our Polar Express conductors are very excited to welcome everyone aboard as seen here on our dress rehearsal train!

Eastern Flyer

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Preparations continued this week. Our staff is so excited to welcome everyone to our new location this year in Stillwater.

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Wolfforth, TX

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The Polar Crew had a little fun imagining they were part of Santa’s team of reindeer while setting up the set.

Mt. Hood Railroad

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Our chefs are delightful and the best story tellers bringing the story to life!

 

Happy Rails!

Sneak Peak Week!

Check out our Sneak Peak Week as we get closer and closer to departures to the North Pole!

Cape Cod Central Railroad

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Here is a sneak peak at the all new North Pole set we are working on for our upcoming season aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Our guests are in for a big surprise.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway

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Our elves have been busy hanging garland and wrapping presents on each train car to make each magical trip come to life. This week we will be finishing the installment of three hundred tables for our First Class passengers!

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Batesville, MS

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Last weekend all our Dancing Chefs practiced their delivery for hot, hot chocolate and cookies. Merry sounding “ho, ho, ho!” was heard when Santa stopped in to check on the Polar Express crew, preparing for their first official departure from Batesville Train Station on November 18th. Elves scampered about humming and singing Christmas songs and the Conductor could be heard shouting a hearty , “All Aboard!”

They’ll be practicing this Friday, too, then busily decking the halls of this Polar Express train! Everyone will be snapping photos and using the #PolarExpressMS hashtag, and we hope you will, too as you prepare for your ride to the North Pole!

Eastern Flyer

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At the Eastern Flyer Railroad we are getting everything ready for the complete Polar Express experience! There is a special date that you will not want to miss – anyone riding on Nov. 30th on the 5:30pm train will have a chance to meet OSU’s Pistol Pete and get their picture taken with him! We couldn’t be more excited to have such a great representative of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University visiting #PolarExpressOK

Texas State Railroad

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The Texas State Railroad is proud to partner with the United Way of Central East Texas to ensure that everyone is able to experience the magic of the Polar Express train ride this holiday season.

Richard Jones – ED for United Way
Laura Gooding – UW Board Member
Joshua Shellenbarger – UW Board Member
Matthew Timmons – President of UW Board
Greg Udolf – General Manager for Texas State Railroad

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Wolfforth, TX

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Our talented crew is in training to deliver great performances as Dancing Chefs on board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride!

Mt. Hood Railroad

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Mt Hood is counting down until our final rehearsal train, set to board on November 10th.

Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway

 

That’s all for this week.

Happy Rails!

Holiday Trains start soon, what’s the latest?

Cape Cod Central Railroad

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Trains start in 14 days! We are joyfully in the process of decorating the train cars that we have currently have and awaiting the arrival of our new full dome car and mark car next week! Our North Pole is coming along and our station in Buzzards Bay inside and out will be finished by this weekend! See new Train Supervisor Lizzy Pitch who has had three previous seasons as Lucky the Elf, decorating the C1 cars.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway

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Trains start in 15 days! Things have been busy at the Saratoga Springs Train Station as The Gift Shop is almost done being decorated.  Remember to stop by after your magical ride to get a special Polar Express souvenir!

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Batesville, MS

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What a week we are having here at the #PolarExpressMS location!

BIG events coming up with cast & crew orientation presented in three sessions on Saturday, November 4th.

The Grenada Railroad’s 2nd annual Polar Express Train Ride departs Batesville Station for the first time this 2016 Season at 5:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 16th. Cast and crew will be fine tuning their stellar performances of singing, dancing, serving and entertaining a limited number of their very own family members as our guests.

The following evening, Thursday Nov 17th, Batesville Station will be the site for local VIP’s and dignitaries to ride the Polar Express, by invitation only, with a holiday kick-off reception to follow.

Saving the BEST for last, Friday November 18th marks our 2016 Inaugural Run of The 2nd Season! Two trips to the North Pole will be held: 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Diamond Class already sold out! Plenty of seats available! Go to GrenadaPolarExpressRide.com All Aboard!

Eastern Flyer

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Trains start in 16 days! We are busy at the Eastern Flyer Railroad making all the preparations for our first train ride on November 18th! Cast members are being hired and trained, the tent has gone up, and the platform is being built! Decorations are on their way and soon we will work in and around a winter wonderland! Also, our supervisors received CPR and First Aid training this week from Stillwater’s Lifenet EMS services so each of our guests can have a magical and SAFE experience at the #OKPolarExpress!

Our Conductor will be coming to visit Stillwater this weekend and will be reading The Polar Express at both the Oklahoma Wondertorium (Sat 11/5) and at the Stillwater Public Library (Sun 11/6) both from 2pm – 4pm! We hope to see you there!”

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride in Wolfforth, TX

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Trains Start in 14 DAYS!! We are busy at the West Texas Polar Express preparing for the first departure!
1. North Pole was constructed on Saturday and Sunday
2. Warehouse rearranged to prepare for training.
3. Most employees completed Drug testing / hiring process this week.
4. Employees will attend training on Saturday which will include train safety, dances, songs, HR, and will include lunch and a viewing of the Polar Express Movie.
5. Merchandise is arriving daily and being priced.
6. Ticket office personnel went through training Last week
7. Float construction will commence this weekend.
8. Ticket office has been delivered and installed
9. Departure Site work has been completed and ready for tent installation
10. Costumes will be distributed on Saturday
11. Awaiting arrival of Train cars for Decoration.
12. Posters and flyers have been and are being distributed.

Excitement is Building at the West Texas Polar Express!

Mt. Hood Railroad

Mt. Hood Polar Express Train Ride opens in 9 days! We’re pinning up the bells and hanging the last of the lights in the North Pole Village.

Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Railway

Santa Cruz Polar Express Train Ride opens in 15 days! We’ve been sampling hot cocoa and training our dancing chefs!

That’s all for this week.

Happy Rails!