The Polar Express at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad

Presale starts on August 27th at noon.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is the largest annual event at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad (MNGRR) drawing over 14,000 passengers each year! The fun begins at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, which serves as our train depot. Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story as they journey to the “North Pole.” Santa greets children aboard the train while passengers sing along to carols as they travel back to the train station. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and and is the largest annual fundraiser for the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum – thank you for your support! This event is the only officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride in the state of Maine.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express event.

About the event:  Passengers arrive at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center which serves as our train depot for the event.  There they board the train and ride about a mile and a half along Casco Bay on the Eastern Promenade to the “North Pole.”  Chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies to passengers on the journey.  Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, listen to a reading of the magical story, and sing carols.  Santa boards the train from a special outpost of the North Pole and greet passengers, making sure every child receives a bell.  For Parents, Grandparents and other Christmas shoppers, there is THE POLAR EXPRESS™ merchandise available for purchase in the gift shop along with other holiday gifts. Families can also take a photo with the Conductor at the train depot.  Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.  All passengers should ready to board the train at least 15 minutes prior to the train’s departure. Please be sure you arrive early – THE POLAR EXPRESS™ leaves right on time!