Mount Hood Railroad’s popular The Polar Express begins holiday runs Nov. 8

“Well, are you coming?” asks the Conductor. “Where?” asks the Boy. “Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is The Polar Express!”

One of the region’s most classic attractions has announced the return of a holiday tradition: Mount Hood Railroad brings back The Polar Express for two months. The Polar Express will transport riders to the North Pole and into the holiday spirit during the popular Hood River event.

The Polar Express begins its excursions Nov. 8, continuing through Dec. 28. The train departs the historic Mount Hood Railroad Depot in downtown Hood River.

Passengers will enjoy a journey that channels the popular Christmas story with appearances from well-known characters and familiar activities throughout the ride.

As The Polar Express train makes its journey through the Hood River area, dubbed the “North Pole” during the winter months, riders will participate in a reading of the classic book by Chris Van Allsburg, meet Santa and enjoy a variety of holiday favorites, like caroling and hot cocoa. Riders are encouraged to wear pajamas.

“The Polar Express is a joy to recreate,” said Ron Kaufman, General Manager of the Mount Hood Railroad. “Seeing the look on every child’s face as they board the train in anticipation is really what the holiday season is about. We look forward to this every year.”

The Polar Express tickets are available in Upper Dome, Lower Dome, Parlor Car and Coach seating classes. Upper Dome, Lower Dome and Parlor riders receive a commemorative The Polar Express mug and each child is also given a special bell, which according to the story, can only be heard by those who believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas. Reservations available by visiting www.mthoodrr. com and by calling 800-872-4661.

About The Polar Express Film

The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer The Polar Express in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.

About The Polar Express Book

The Polar Express film is based on Chris Van Allburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.

First published by Houghtin Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.

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