The Polar Express™

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The Polar Express™ returns for another year of magic!             Click Here to browse dates & times.

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The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum presents another season of magic as The Polar Express™ train departs Portland for a journey to the “North Pole.”  The adventure begins at the Ocean Gateway Train Depot where passengers arrive to meet the Conductor and board the train.  Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board mingle with the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served in style by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over our sound system.  Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole.  Every child receives a special bell as a souvenir of the event.  

polar bannerHistoric Steam Locomotive Monson #4 will be pulling The Polar Express™, bringing with it heated train cars for the enjoyment and comfort of passengers!  For Moms, Dads, Grandparents and other Christmas shoppers, there will be Polar Express™ merchandise and other gifts available for purchase at the station, in addition to light concessions. Don't forget to bring your camera for a photo opportunity with the Conductor inside the train depot.  Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas!

polar bannerWe've expanded our popular FIRST CLASS seating to include three cars and more seating.  In these beautifully restored historic railroad cars, passengers enjoy their hot chocolate in official Polar Express™ mugs (not available for sale), which become theirs to keep.


Groups of 20+ may qualify for 10% off their order.  Please contact Meredith Morgan at 207-842-0800 x222 to make a group reservation.

Be ready to board 15 minutes prior to the train's departure!  The Polar Express leaves right on time.

Click here to watch our trailor on YouTube!

This event is the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum's biggest annual fundraiser - thank you for your support!

Proceeds from The Polar Express™ directly support the mission of the museum.  The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum preserves and operates historic two-foot gauge railroad equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public.  Maine's two-foot gauge railroads were a valuable part of the economic development of the interior of Maine from the 1880's to the 1930's.  The museum is open daily from May - October and seasonally for special events.

The Polar Express™ train departs from the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, located on Thames Street, which serves as the train depot for this event.  Passengers should arrive for the ride at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center - NOT at the Museum. The train travels east along the waterfront of Casco Bay toward the "North Pole."  Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story over our sound system.  Santa will greet children aboard the train, while passengers sing along to carols as they journey back to the train station from a special outpost of the North Pole.  Every child receives a special bell as a keepsake.  Back at the station, those who wish to pose for a festive photo with the Conductor may remain with their cameras while others head home with their bell and special memories of a delightful ride.

The train ride lasts about 45 minutes (please allow 60 minutes for entire experience).  Passengers should arrive and be ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to the train's departure.  The Polar Express™ leaves right on time.

Directions to 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, Maine 04101:

  •  From I-295, take EXIT 7 (Franklin Street).
  • On Franklin Street, go to the 7th traffic light and turn LEFT onto Commercial Street.
  • Continue STRAIGHT through the stop sign at India Street (Commercial becomes Thames Street). The Ocean Gateway Visitor Center is the building with the clock tower, located on the right hand side of the street.  This is where you will board the train.
  • Limited street parking is available.  Suggested parking is the Ocean Gateway Garage (167 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101 - there is a fee for parking).

14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, ME 04101 via MapQuest

14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, ME 04101 via Google Maps

Maine Narrow Gauge's Polar Express Cancellation Policy:

All ticket sales are non-refundable, unless a train is cancelled.  As a rule, Maine Narrow Gauge will cancel a train only if the City of Portland declares a snow emergency or in the case of equipment failure.  Should that happen, cancellation information will be available on the PortTIX website, on the MNGRR website, on local television and radio stations, and via PortTIX at 207-842-0800.  If a train is cancelled, ticket-holders may choose to exchange into another train (subject to availability) or donate the ticket value to the Maine Narrow Gauge as a contribution to their fundraiser.  Refund and donation requests must be made through the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum.  Please note that handling fees are not returnable in any form.

Any decision to cancel a train will be made by 12:00pm on the day of the event.

We thank customers for their patience and understanding as the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad navigates the decision to cancel and process of communicating to all patrons!

If you've purchased tickets to The Polar Express and they are being held at "Will-Call," the following are your pick-up options:

1.  On the day of the event you may pick up your tickets inside the Ocean Gateway Train Depot beginning at:

  • 3:15 PM for Friday Trains.
  • 2:00 PM for Saturday and Sunday Trains.
  • 12:45 PM for SAT 12/21, SUN 12/22 and MON 12/23.
  • (Please allow 30 minutes for pick up).

2.  If you wish to pick up your tickets in advance, please call the PortTIX box office at 207-842-0800.

Stay tuned for info!