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Full steam ahead for a trip on The Polar Express

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

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THERE is a chance for families to get all aboard The Polar Express when it pulls into a Devon station this month.

Inspired by the run-away hit movie and the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favourite comes to life for a festive run in the UK for the first time.

And you will be able to catch it at Dartmoor Railway, the old Okehampton Station, from November 19 to December 30.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, travellers onboard the train are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole and back, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train.

Throughout the journey there will be lots of treats in store including a reading of the Polar Express and activities that resemble scenes from the movie.

There will be carol singers and families are encouraged to wear their pyjamas for the ride and join in on the magic of Christmas.

The Polar Express Train Ride has been created by Rail Events, Inc. offering journey's around the country based on the hit movie and award-winning book.

Van Allsburg's story has been a festive favourite for many years, but the release of the feature film in 2004 with its many awards and accolades has placed this cherished family story among the Christmas classics.

The heart-warming story is about a doubting boy who boards a magical train ride on Christmas Eve which takes him to the North Pole where he receives a special gift from Santa.

The Devon train leaves from Okehampton Station and the trip is expected to take around 60 minutes.

And the magical journey starts when you meet the conductor of the train.

"He will call 'all aboard' when the train is ready to leave the station," said a spokesman for the event. "And then he will punch everyone's ticket.

"There will be other storybook characters on board the train as well and chefs will serve hot chocolate, just like in the film."

And even Father Christmas will make an appearance.

"At the North Pole, Santa will board the train to greet the children and will be giving a special sleigh bell to all those who believe," the spokesman added.

The Polar Express train ride schedules include 5pm and 7.30pm departures throughout November and December.

Advanced booking is required and tickets are on sale now. Prices start from £20 per adult and £15 per child (ages two to– 12). A limited number of First Class tickets are also available and are £35 per adult and £25 per child or £5 for children under the age of two. Along with upgraded seating, all First Class passengers will receive their own Polar Express ceramic souvenir cocoa mug.

For tickets and event information, call 08000 23 23 83 or visit www.UKPolarExpressRide.com

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