The Polar Express at Telford Steam Railway

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The Experience

Do you believe? We do at the Telford Steam Railway and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting magical experience like no other. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Telford Steam Railway this December with the magic of the 2004 motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. 

Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season! 

As you and your family take in the festive decorations at THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride station, you can almost hear the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins. 

Out of the cold night, to much excitement your steam hauled THE POLAR EXPRESS™ arrives, then the train Conductor invites you and the other passengers to climb aboard shouting “All aboooooard!”. Anticipation builds as you step onto the Train to be escorted to your seat by the Chefs from the film. 

Before long, scenes from the film come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive to serve cookies and hot chocolate. The wide-eyed children are invited to engage these winsome and inviting characters who are eager to hear from the youngsters about what makes the Christmas season special to them. 

While the hot chocolate lingers in your mouth and warms your belly you will listen as the story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is told in its entirety. Chefs show pages from the beautifully illustrated book for the whole carriage to follow, and families who bring their own copies can read along together too. A smile grows on your face as you watch your child become absorbed in the wonderment of the story. 

As your adventure continues, you notice other key elements of the story — both inside and outside your train — springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds on-board before your eyes. 

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, his sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree. After the train slows to a stop, you find yourself delighting in the inspiring climax of the story as Santa boards the train!  

After the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, you soon notice that the adventure isn’t over. Santa appears in your midst to present each child (0 – 110!) with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh. Thinking back to the story, We would remind you to check your pockets for holes! 

Chefs on board lead the passengers in singing favourite Christmas Carols as the train heads to Spring Village station. Here passengers depart the train where the magic and fun continue as children get to look in on the Elves workshops.  Don’t forget to visit the post room to write and post your letters to Santa.  Check out the Elves computer room to see who’s been naughty or nice. Refreshments and souvenirs are also available in the Elves workshops. 

We encourage our guests, young and old to wear pyjamas just as in the Film. Children love it and if you can persuade our older guests, Mums, Dads, Granny and Grandpa to also join in, the atmosphere in the train comes alive for a truly magical experience! 

This is where your participation in the story of The Polar Express comes to an end. However, our hope for your family is that your Christmas season has been enriched and memories from your experience will endure for years to come. 

“Well, ya comin’?”





Please Note 

Our carriages have seating arranged in 4’s around a table, if you do not book your tickets in multiples of 4 due to high demand for seats it is highly likely you will be sharing the fun of your Polar Express™ trip with another family. Likewise bookings of odd numbered seats could see you split up. We offer to do our best in seating people together but this may not always be possible. 

Parties of over 4 will be seated as near to each other as possible, priority given to earliest booking. 

If you are booking Premium tickets, they are only available in even numbers to ensure you are seated in your own groups. 

If you or any of your party has an allergy please let us know in advance and we will do our best to provide you with an allergen free alternative. When at the checkout please enter the information into the “Additional Information” box. 

The ceramic mug and Train Ride bag are only available to Premium Class ticket holders only. They ARE NOT available for purchase on the day.