Interested. They can also partake in a parade and seasonal music. Standard tickets are $21 for attendees three years and older. During the holiday season they offer a number of The movie is based from Chris Van Allsburg acclaimed children's book by the same name, originally published in 1985. South Carolina Railroad Museum (Winnsboro):  The state's largest railroad museum also operates excursions along what is known as the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. The railroad began operations in 1997 and has grown from a single pizza train excursion to multiple events today which include sightseeing trains, wine and cheese trains, dinner trains, and a bed & breakfast train. The present day St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern utilizes about 4.5 miles of the MP's old Jackson Branch which originally extended from Allenville to Jackson. Edaville Railroad (South Carver):  This heritage railroad is one of the few built entirely from scratch and does not utilize a former right-of-way. The Sumpter Valley currently operates two narrow-gauge examples; White Pass & Yukon 2-8-2 #19 (built American Locomotive in 1920) and W.H. Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum (Alna):  Simply put, this is one of the coolest museums you can visit, countrywide. The Georgetown Loop's heritage dates back to the Colorado Central Railroad, which fell into the latter category. It operates Fridays-Sundays from late November through early January. Today, numerous organizations host officially licensed trips featuring his work and these usually sell out months in advance. During the holidays, they host the Santa Railyard/Santa Express during select dates in December where folks take a short trip to Santa's Toyland. On Saturday, December 22 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM the Boothbay Railway Village will be running the “North Pole Express”. and North Pole Express (Similar to the Santa Claus Express this trip last 2 hours and departs from the Milford Depot. Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad (Cooperstown):  While Cooperstown is most famous for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, you can also experience a train ride there! Alas, as anthracite coal demand dried up so did the Reading's fortunes. Northwest Railway Museum (Snoqualmie): The Santa Train has been  hosted by the Northwest Railway Museum since 1969. This prompted action by the Oil Creek Railway Historical Society to save the current segment which runs through the Oil Creek State Park. The Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad resumes train rides! This tank engine was originally built to serve the lumber industry, a 1929 product of American Locomotive's Brooks Works. While Santa is, of course, aboard the train their version is a bit unique in that a princess reads the kids a Christmas tale. and trains are always pulled by steam locomotives. Some of their notable special events aside from the Santa Train include the Bunny Train, Del Shannon Day Car Show Shuttle, Veteran's Free Troop Train, The Famous Pumpkin Train, and The Great Train Robbery. The former (Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train, Return Santa To The North Pole) allows guests to enjoy a short train ride to the Holiday Village where they can pick out a pre-cut Christmas Tree. Show Map. includes a train ride lasting over 1 hour where kids meet Santa, Today, it largely handles passengers but also continues to provide some freight service. Among their many special events is the Polar Bear Express and Santa’s Surprise Trains scheduled in late November and December where kids can meet Santa Claus. Arcade & Attica Railroad (Arcade):  The historic Arcade & Attica has an interesting and fascinating story. After more than a year of construction, 43.5 miles was opened from Wiscasset to Albion on November 4, 1895. Today, KRM features a total of three steam locomotives, three diesel engines, and several other pieces of rolling stock. Finally, as an early celebration of the holiday season they also host "Christmas In July" specials. A great deal of similar attractions host official The Polar Express events to bolster exposure and patronage. It is the oldest continuously operating railroad in America with a heritage tracing back to 1832. That year they purchased a little 0-4-0 steamer built by the Davenport Locomotive Works (1925). Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum (Nevada City):  Based in Nevada City this organization's mission is to preserve the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad's memory. The Santa Special is offered on select dates during December while the North Pole Express is available most Fridays through Sundays from mid-November through early December. This entertaining train ride will consist of a comfortable seat in a steam-heated train with free cookies and hot chocolate. The tracks are also next to the Oregon Coast Highway. The group has amassed an impressive collection of locomotives and rolling stock although only one of the former actually has ties to the state, W.W. Cummer & Sons Cypress 2-6-2 #104, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1920. During the holidays they host the Train Of Lights during late November and throughout most of December with the train decorated in Christmas lights for the holiday season. Passengers riding the Little River Railroad are treated to either 0-4-0T #1 (built by the Vulcan Iron Works in 1908 and which once operated in Indiana) or 4-6-2 #110 (a 1911 product of Baldwin) leading their train. However, the decline in these businesses coupled with growing competition and the railroad's fading service by the 1970's, led to the right-of-way's sale to Alameda County in 1984. Even in the New Haven era this corridor was not particularly fruitful; passenger service ended in 1938 and freight customers were sporadic. Featured below is a 2020 schedule of such events which are expected to operate. The Southern was always a major advocate for rail preservation and helped TVRM get started through an additional donation, a 1.5-mile segment of abandoned right-of-way. Today, they continue to restore the property and expand services. Today, SRI is a educational enterprise, teaching the public about steam-era technology. While the company primarily focuses on this business its excursions, noted for their murder mystery dinner trains, have gained a serious following over the years. This train offers three different classes of service: Santa's Private Car, Elves And Bells, and Traditional Seating. This train offers three different classes of service: Santa's Private Car, Elves And Bells, and Traditional Seating. Trips can be enjoyed throughout the spring, summer, and fall with specials hosted at various times of the year. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment or long waits. All are big draws for kids and families. The railroad offers a number of holiday-themed trips such as a once-annual event known as the Christmas In Plains where patrons travel to Plains, Georgia and enjoy the sights of area Christmas lights and decorations. well as receive a souvenir gift. elves. Three Rivers Rambler (Knoxville): Their Christmas Lantern Express is just that, festive holiday trains pulled by a live steam Previously, the Fillmore & Western offered its own Christmas production from November through late December. It later became a small branch of the Reading Railroad, a sprawling 1,300-mile carrier that served central and eastern Pennsylvania. ALL ABOARD!! Both were placed in McMillan Park. However, with no financing or progress the company's name was changed to the Wiscasset & Quebec Railroad (W&Q). It was nearly abandoned in the 1950's until a group of preservationists worked to save the property. To host excursions the group picked up a pair of 2-6-0's and constructed a pole-barn roundhouse to store and maintain their new acquisitions. They also maintain other historic locomotives, like Nickel Plate Road PA #190, the only of its kind still running in America. carries a Christmas theme with kids meeting Santa. Railfans are draw to the park to witness two historic steam locomotives; Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-2 #464 (a Class K-27 "Mudhen" manufactured by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1903) and Alaska Railroad 4-6-0 #2 (built by Baldwin in 1920). There are also a number of specials hosted throughout the year including dinner trains, steam-powered rides, and a "Railfan Special." If you missed the awesome Polar Express, Boothbay Railway Village is offering a New Year’s train ride Saturday, Dec. 30! story. For train enthusiasts you can see several preserved diesel switchers and two steam locomotives, Carbon Limestone 0-4-0T #17 and Cliffside 2-6-2 #110. Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton): Most tourist railroads operate tracks previously abandoned or sold by a larger freight line. The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). During the holidays they host their Santa Claus Train during a few weekends in December. Today's Cape Cod Central hosts its popular The Train To Christmas Town during the holiday season. When not down for restoration or the mandatory 1,472-day inspection you can ride behind one of two 2-8-0 "Consolidations," Union Pacific #618 or Great Western Railway #75. Western Pacific Railroad Museum (Portola):  The WPRM is the museum dedicated to the Western Pacific's memory. The entire trip hugs the coastline; beginning in Tillamook Bay it crosses Smith Lake and then finds its way beside the Pacific Ocean. In addition, by the early 1880's the TC&StL had connected all of the cities in its name. ***Steam Railroading Institute (Owosso)***: The SRI offers their North Pole Express The first excursions were hosted by Historic Red Clay Valley, Inc. during the mid-1960's. Since then they have acquired a growing list of rolling stock, including seven steam locomotives; perhaps the most famous is Ely-Thomas Lumber Company 2-truck Shay #6, built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1927. Following another move due to property values the group arrived at its currently location on July 4, 1990. It is an excellent resource with thousands of historic maps on file throughout the country.
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