- Posted December 1, 2013 by
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The Polar Express Heads to the North Pole
Once again this season, the Pere Marquette 1225, which is the train modeled in The Polar Express, a 2004 fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg is pulling the passenger cars or coaches headed to the North Pole. It is located at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan.
During this season of magical moments, I observed smiling faces that told the story of excitement and anticipation. From a distance you could see the smoke and steam and hear the bell of The Polar Express ringing. Children were looking to their parents for confirmation that it wouldn’t be long before the train arrived.
The conductor, not Tom Hanks, was directing traffic the day I was there and he was dressed for his part in this wonderful adventure. There was even a Hobo.
Young and not so young boarded the train and you could see the joy spread from child to adult and back. It was a marvelous moment.
As the engineer vented steam the train slowly pulled way. The riders, with smiling faces, waved as they picked up speed on their way to the North Pole.