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The Polar Express returns for second year

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Premier Rail Collection will begin service to the North Pole for its second year onboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride starting November 21. 

The magical story comes to life when the train departs Middleton, Wisconsin for a one-hour roundtrip journey to the North Pole. 

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Middleton.  

The journey begins November 21 and runs select dates through December 27, with departure times at 1:00, 3:00, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by calling 855-487-1430 or by visiting

Ticket prices for children (ages 2-12) start at $25 and for adults start at $35, depending on date and class of service.

Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!

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