The Experience


Do you believe? We do at Vintage Trains and that is why we are proud to be hosting an exciting and captivating experience like no other. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to Birmingham this December with the magic and charm of the 2004 motion picture THE POLAR EXPRESS™ being theatrically re-created so that you and your family can immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale.  

Prepare to be surrounded by the enchantment and wonder of the Christmas season!  

As you and your guests arrive in the festively decorated THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Platform 4 at Birmingham Moor Street station, you can almost sense the faint sound of sleigh bells in the distance and the fun begins.  

Out of the cold night, to much excitement, your steam hauled THE POLAR EXPRESS™ arrives. The train’s Conductor will invite his passengers to climb aboard shouting “All aboooooard!” Anticipation builds as you step onto the Train, escorted to your seat by the Chefs from the film.  

Before long, scenes from the movie come to life as dancing Chefs and Waiters arrive serving cookies and hot chocolate. The wide-eyed children are invited to engage these winsome and inviting characters who are eager to hear from the youngsters about what makes the Christmas season special to them.  

While the hot chocolate lingers in your mouth and warms your tummy you will be totally engrossed as the story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is told in its entirety. Chefs show pages from the beautifully illustrated book for the whole carriage to follow and families who bring their own copies can read along too. A smile comes to your face as you see your child absorbed in the wonderment of the story.  

As your adventure continues, you notice other key elements of the story — both inside and outside your train — springing to life. Watch and listen as another scene unfolds before your eyes.  

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, his sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree. After the train slows to a stop, you find yourself delighting in the inspiring climax of the story as Santa boards the train!   

As the train departs the North Pole for the return voyage home, you realise that the adventure is not over. Santa appears in your midst to present each child (0 – 110!) with their very own “First Gift of Christmas”, a silver bell from his sleigh. Reflecting on the story, we would remind you to check your pockets for holes!  

Chefs on board lead the passengers in singing favourite Christmas Carols as the train heads back to Moor Street station. After the whole performance lasting approximately one hour, passengers depart the train but the magic and fun continues as the children have a chance to see what the Elves have created in their workshops.  Don’t forget to visit the post room to write and post your letters to Santa.  

We encourage our guests, young and old to wear pyjamas just as the children did in the Film. The children will love it but maybe you can persuade Mums, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas to join in too, the atmosphere in the train comes alive for a truly magical experience!  

This is where your participation in the story of The Polar Express comes to an end. However, our hope for your whole family is that your Christmas season has been enriched and memories from your experience will endure for years to come.  

“Well, ya comin’?”