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All aboard The Polar Express at Okehampton

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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F YOU fancy a family trip this Sunday, you might want to hop aboard The Polar Express which runs on Dartmoor Railway this winter.

Children can pop on their pyjamas and board the train at the Old Railway Station in Okehampton where, with the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack in their ears, they can relive the magic of the story

The train adventure has been inspired by the hit Warner Bros film The Polar Express and the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

This is a chance for children to see their favourite characters come to life as they are whisked away on a magical round trip to the "North Pole". During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film.

Passengers will also enjoy a sing song and a special reading of the Van Allsburg classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and give a special sleigh bell to all those who believe.

Dartmoor Railway is the only railway in the south selected for the UK launch and it will be trying to keep the atmosphere of this iconic Christmas adventure.

"We're excited about bringing The Polar Express experience to the UK," says Ed Ellis, president of British American Rail Services, which operates Dartmoor Railway.

"We have delighted children and their parents and grandparents at locations across the US for years, and the story's messages of hope and belief are ideal for the holiday season."

The Polar Express train ride departs at 5pm and 7.30pm throughout November and December.

"The Polar Express will be our biggest event to date and is expected to attract many new visitors to the Old Railway and Okehampton," added Tiffany Arthur, events manager at Dartmoor Railway.

"It is fantastic to be associated with such a famous brand and the whole team is having lots of fun planning for this very festive service,"

Advanced booking is required and tickets are on sale now. Prices start from £20 per adult and £15 per child (ages 2 – 12).

A limited number of First Class tickets are also available and are £35 per adult and £25 per child (ages 2 – 12), or £5 for children under the age of 2. Along with upgraded seating, all First Class passengers will receive their own Polar Express ceramic souvenir cocoa mug.

Passengers are advised to make their reservations early as these trains are expected to sell out quickly.

Tickets and details: 0800 0232383 or visit www.UK PolarExpressRide.com

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