Galveston Railroad Museum Announces Service to the North Pole

Onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Galveston Railroad Museum will begin service to the North Pole onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride starting November 15, 2019. The magical story comes to life when the train departs the museum for a 60-minute round-trip journey to the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to the museum.

The journey begins November 15, 2019 and runs through December 29, 2019 on select dates. Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by calling 320-244-0213, or by visiting Ticket prices per person range from $35 to $65, depending on date and class of service. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer THE POLAR EXPRESS in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.

THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by the Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.

Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2007, Rail Events Inc. has held exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

About the Galveston Railroad Museum
The Galveston Railroad Museum opened to the public in 1983, at the site of the 1932 Santa Fe depot and railyard. The museum grew rapidly, collecting dining car china, a model railroad layout, and acting as the terminal for the Texas Limited excursion train. After the Texas Limited ceased operations in 1996, the museum acquired its passenger cars and two locomotives.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike flooded the museum with 10 feet of saltwater. Much of the museum’s collection was destroyed or severely damaged. The museum closed to rebuild and restore its collection, and in the process acquiring two F-7A diesel locomotives in Santa Fe colors to replace the Texas Limited locomotives. After three years of cleanup, the museum reopened in 2011.

At present, the Railroad Museum has forty pieces of rolling stock, the largest collection of dining car china in the Southwest, and two incredible model railroad layouts. The museum also owns a mile of track and runs weekly caboose rides on Saturdays between 11:00am and 1:30 pm.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s19)

Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters © & ™ 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Contact:: James Rosengren or Jennifer Kelso
Galveston Railroad Museum
2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, TX 77550
409-765-5700 or


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