The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s last Polar Express trains of the year rolled through a snowstorm on Friday night in Portland. Saturday’s scheduled trains were cancelled due to the stormy weather.
Ticket holders can contact PortTix for ticket accommodation before Jan. 9.
The Polar Express trains, now in their tenth year, are inspired by the children’s book of the same name. The book, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, was published in 1985. It tells the story of a boy’s trip to the North Pole at Christmastime.
The Maine Narrow Gauge version features hot cocoa, a reading of the book and a visit from Santa Claus. The cars are pulled by one of the museum’s real steam trains. The locomotives take passengers on a three-mile, roundtrip journey from Commercial Street to the East End waterfront.
The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad is dedicated to the preservation and operation of Maine’s two foot gauge railway equipment. Starting in the latter part of the 19th century, Maine had a system of railroads that ran on rails only two feet apart. From the 1870s until the 1940s, some 200 miles of narrow gauge lines served many of Maine’s smaller communities. Eventually there were five of these railways.
The museum has operated on Portland’s waterfront since 1992. However, its in the process of relocating to Gray.