The Polar Express™ returns to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum for another season of magic! The first train to the North Pole departs from Portland the day after Thanksgiving.
Guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, listen to the reading of the story and sing along with carols as they journey to the North Pole. Santa greets passengers aboard the train and every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event. Tickets often sell out, so advanced and early reservations are recommended.
The Polar Express™ runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas, with tickets ranging in price from $25 to $40 per person. Both coach and first class seating options are available. For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact Porttix at www.porttix.com or 207-842-0800.
The Polar Express™ is the largest annual fundraiser for the museum. Nearly 12,000 passengers ride to the North Pole aboard the museum’s historic steam powered train each holiday season.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is pleased to partner with Rail Events, Inc. through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, to bring the officially licensed Polar Express™ event to Portland. The holiday film the Polar Express™, originally released in 2004 by Warner Bros. Pictures, is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved 1985 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The Maine Narrow Gauge is the only officially licensed Polar Express™ event in the State of Maine.
Founded in 1992, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is a non-profit museum with a mission to educate the public and preserve historic equipment related to Maine’s two-foot gauge railways. Five two-foot gauge railroads operated in the state from the 1870s through the 1940s, serving as an important part of the economic development of the interior of Maine. The museum has become an important visitor attraction for the greater Portland area drawing over 32,500 visitors annually, including tourists and area residents, to experience this remarkable piece of history unique to the state of Maine.
The museum is open from May 10th through October 19th (Saturdays to Thursdays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and seasonally for events. The museum is closed to the public on Fridays. The railroad is located at 58 Fore Street in Portland, on the waterfront, just a short walk from the Old Port. Directions and more information about the museum can be found at www.mainenarrowgauge.org or by calling 207-828-0814.