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North Pole Express - Steam Railroading Institute
Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Ride the North Pole Express, behind the Pere Marquette 1225, for a four hour adventure to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas! During this round trip excursion, you will step off the train into a Classic Christmas experience. Be sure to dress for weather conditions, as there will be walking outside from activity to activity.

Train departure times are prompt, please arrive at least 45-60 minutes ahead of trip departure time to get checked in and seated. 

Take a magical Christmas excursion and ride behind the WORLD FAMOUS steam locomotive Pere Marquette 1225 (PM 1225). Built in 1941, this majestic locomotive is most famous for its role in the 2004 Warner Bros Christmas Classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS- where the PM 1225's blueprints were used as the prototype for the locomotive image, and its sounds were used to bring the Polar Express to life!

Passengers will board the train at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan and take a journey back in time to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas in Ashley, Michigan. The North Pole Express is a four hour magical experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime. The train ride will last approximately an hour each way, while the passengers will get approximately two hours to participate in the activities in Ashley.

In Ashley, included with your train ticket is: admission, entertainment (i.e. illusionist, magician, etc), horse drawn carriage rides, arts/crafts, Santa, glass blower demonstrations, chain saw carving, street performers, writing a letter to Santa, petting zoo, reindeer, and each year they add something new. Some of the things to do that will cost additional: Food (many options) & drinks (adult available at Gus's Eatery and Saloon), lots of shops, games, a few rides, building toys, & face painting to name a few.