Put on your pajamas — yes, parents, too — and come to Utica’s Union Station to board
“The Polar Express” for a magical and entertaining ride to the North Pole.
Once again, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad is bringing to life one of the most beloved
Christmas stories of the same name.
Utica’s Polar Express is staffed by a mix of staff from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
It’s a theatrical experience on a moving train! The experience begins in the station, as
the train starts its trek through the Glacier Gulch and onto The North Pole, the conductor
goes by and punches all the tickets, followed by an interactive show of dancing and
singing hot chocolate chefs. There is a dramatic retelling of Van Allsburg’s tale, and as
the train gets closer and closer to the North Pole, holiday music is played, adding to the
excitement and anticipation of seeing Santa.
The train does a slow roll through the North Pole, so everyone can view the lights and
the bell tower, a key landmark in the story.
Once at their destination — the North Santa boards the train and remains for the ride
back to Utica, visiting with the youngsters and of course, giving them each a silver bell.
The Adirondack RR trains are also available for private charter service and group events.
Contact their office (1-800-819-2291) for details and pricing or visit the website at
Since 1992, The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS) that operates the
Adirondack Railroad has built a successful tourist attraction, operating on track owned by
the State of New York, a former New York Central line located in upstate New York and
the Adirondack region.
The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society is a volunteer-based organization.
Together with our staff, volunteers have donated approximately 300,000 hours to protect
our historic railway and enrich the Adirondack experience for tourists and residents of
The Adirondack Railroad is operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society
and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with main offices in Utica, New York.