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North Creek Railway launches ‘Polar Express’ trips

Saratoga & North Creek Railway Conductor Steve Conklin assists children as they board a passenger dome car Nov. 3 at the Saratoga Rail Station to celebrate the debut of the railway’s holiday Polar Express excursion trips.

Saratoga & North Creek Railway Conductor Steve Conklin assists children as they board a passenger dome car Nov. 3 at the Saratoga Rail Station to celebrate the debut of the railway’s holiday Polar Express excursion trips. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Debra Goodman of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway predicted that the Polar Express excursions out of Saratoga this season would enchant children and adults as they have in other railways in the western U.S. operated by Iowa Pacific, the local railroad’s parent firm.

“The Polar Express is much more than an event,” she said. “The experience is truly special because of the emotion it creates.”

For the themed rail trips, children are encouraged to wear pajamas to immerse themselves in the spirit of the story.

Three choices of seating options are available, including the railway’s signature dome cars. Goodman said she anticipates that the Polar Express will draw thousands of riders in its debut year, introducing them to the amenities of the scenic rail line. Those who purchase a quantity of tickets receive a bonus which give them that opportunity.

Passengers who purchase four Polar Express tickets for a November trip receive a voucher for two free coach tickets on the Gore Mountain Snow Train.

Tickets for Polar Express, ranging from $10 to $55 depending on a passenger’s age and seat selection, are available online at www.SaratogaPolarExpressRide.com. Details are available at that website, or by calling (877) 726-RAIL.

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