There are only 30 trains in the United States that travel to the North Pole. One of them is “The Polar Express” aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad (vtrailway.com/). Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 holiday season.
Following consecutive sell-out years, “The Polar Express” is returning with 15 additional train rides to accommodate 3,600 more passengers. This all-ages ride from the frosty Northern Nevada landscape to the North Pole will depart Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 22 through Dec. 22.
“The Polar Express” rides are based on the iconic holiday feature film and beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The story is about a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
The V&T Railroad has partnered with Rail Events Inc. (through Warner Brothers Consumer Products Inc.) to bring the magical experience to Carson City again this holiday season.
The V&T’s 100-year-old steam engines and holiday decorated passenger cars leave the Carson City Eastgate Depot, 7 miles east of downtown Carson City, and travel nearly 2 miles before stopping at Santa’s North Pole retreat.
During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic. At the North Pole, Santa will step aboard and greet the children.
A VIP ticket option aboard the 30-seat historic parlor car features additional entertainment, extra time with Santa Claus, a special holiday treat and a souvenir ceramic “The Polar Express” cocoa mug. Passengers who upgrade to the parlor car will have seats facing the windows allowing the best views of Santa’s Village and room for dancing, games and caroling during the trip.
The boarding area at the Carson City Depot, Eastgate Siding Road, will feature heated tents where riders can take photos with Santa Claus and purchase holiday souvenirs. All tickets include a keepsake silver bell, hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment and a reading of “The Polar Express.”
The limited VIP tickets are $62 for children 2-12 (free for children under 2 who sit on a lap), $72 for adults, with coach tickets at $38 for adults and $29 for children.
“The Polar Express” departs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22. Santa suggests everyone re-confirm times prior as the schedule could be subject to demands from his elves at the North Pole. Santa also recommends passengers arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
To purchase tickets call 877-724-5007 or 775-291-0208 or visit vtrailway.com. Information is also available at polarexpressride.com.
The Virginia and Truckee Railroad travels 16 miles between Carson City and Virginia City along the same route made famous during the area’s roaring 1860s Comstock silver boom. Each ride is fully narrated and offers scenic vistas of the Sierra Nevada, passes through tunnels and by abandoned mine shafts, old cemeteries and casual sightings of wild mustangs.
For tickets visit vtrailway.com/.