These railroad groups in conjunction with Santa Claus are offering kids & their parents a chance to meet Santa Claus, his helper elfs, Mrs Claus & others while enjoying a Christmas themed holiday Santa train ride through the countryside. Frequently Asked Questions
Prices, amenities & ride length vary by location. Please do not count on tickets being available on the day of the event. Tickets sell out on some Santa Train rides many weeks ahead of time. North Pole Express / Polar Express rides may sell out months in advance. On many rides a child carrier counts as a ticketed seat.
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum - Calera
North Alabama Railroad Museum - Hunstville
Grand Canyon Railway - Williams
Arkansas Missouri Railroad - Fort Smith | Van Buren | Springdale
California State Railroad Museum - Old Sacramento
Irvine Park Railroad - Orange
Fillmore & Western - Fillmore
Napa Valley Wine Train - Napa
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum - Campo
Poway-Midland Railroad - Poway
Roaring Camp - Felton
Sacramento River Train - West Sacramento/Woodland
Skunk Train - Fort Bragg/Willits
Georgetown Loop Railroad - Georgetown
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - Alamosa
The Royal Gorge Route - Cañon City
Connecticut Trolley Museum - East Windsor
Danbury Railway Museum - Danbury
Essex Steam Train - Valley Railroad - Essex
Naugatuck Railroad - Thomaston
Shoreline Trolley Museum - East Haven
Wilmington & Western Railroad - Wilmington
Florida Railroad Museum - Parrish
Florida Star Clipper Dinner Train - Eustis
Seminole Gulf Railway - Fort Myers
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Blue Ridge
St. Marys Railroad - St. Marys
Stone Mountain Park Train Ride - Stone Mountain Park
Tennessee Valley Railroad - Chattanooga, TN
Thunder Mountain Line - Horseshoe Bend
Fox River Trolley Museum - South Elgin
Illinois Railway Museum - Union
Union Depot Railway Museum - Mendota
Monticello Railway Museum - Monticello
The Whitewater Valley Railroad - Connersville
French Lick Scenic Railway - French Lick
The Indiana Rail Road - multiple
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society - New Haven
The Indiana Transportation Museum - Noblesville
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum - North Judson
Midwest Central Railroad - Mount Pleasant
Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad - Abilene
Midland Railway - Baldwin City
Big South Fork Scenic Railway - Stearns
Bluegrass Railroad Museum - Versailles
Kentucky Railway Museum - New Haven
Boothbay Railway Village - Boothbay
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Portland
Seashore Trolley Museum - Kennebunkport
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum - Baltimore
Walkersville Southern Railroad - Walkersville
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - Cumberland
Berkshire Scenic Railroad - Lenox
Cape Cod Central Railroad - Sandwich
Edaville USA - Carver
Coopersville & Marne Railway - Coopersville
Little River Railroad - Coldwater-Quincy
Steam Railroading Institute - Owosso
The Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Trains - Blissfield-Charlotte
North Shore Scenic Railroad - Duluth
Branson Scenic Railway - Branson
Charlie Russell Choo Choo - Ware
Conway Scenic Railway - North Conway
Hobo Railroad - Lincoln
Mount Washington Cog Railway - Bretton Woods
Winnipesaukee Railroad - Meredith
Nevada Northern Railway - Ely
Nevada State Railroad Museum - Boulder City
Virginia & Truckee Railroad - Carson City
Allaire Sate Park - Pine Creek Railroad - Wall Township
Black River & Western Railroad - Flemington-Ringoes
Glen Rock Jaycees - Glen Rock - Boro Hall
Cape May Seashore Lines - Tuckahoe & Richland
Whippany Railway Museum - Whippany
Santa Fe Southern Railway - Santa Fe
Adirondack Scenic Railroad - Utica
Arcade & Attica Railroad - Arcade
Catskill Mountain Railroad - Mt. Pleasant
Finger Lakes Scenic Railway - Geneva
Medina Railroad Museum - Medina
Saratoga & North Creek Railway - North Creek
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Bryson City
New Hope Valley Railway - the Triangle’s Train - Bonsal
NC Transportation Museum - Spencer
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Scenic Line - Jefferson
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway - Nelsonville
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum - Dennison
Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad - Lebanon
Orrville Railroad - Orrville
Mount Hood Railroad - Mount Hood
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad - Garibaldi
Bellefonte Historical Railroad - Bellefonte
The Stourbridge Line - Honesdale, PA
Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern - Kempton
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad - New Hope
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad - Middletown
Railway Restoration Project 113 - Minersville
Ma And Pa Railroad - Muddy Creek Forks
Fayette Central Railroad - Pittsburgh
East Broad Top Railroad - Rockhill Furnace
Rockhill Trolley Museum - Rockhill Furnace
Strasburg Railroad - Strasburg, PA
Kiski Junction Railroad - Schenley
Tioga Central Railroad - Wellsboro
Lycoming Valley Railroad - Williamsport
West Chester Railroad - West Chester
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Woonsocket
Newport Dinner Train - Newport
South Carolina Rail Road Museum - Winnsboro
Black Hills Central Railroad - Hill City and Keystone
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum - Oak Ridge
Tennessee Central Railway Museum - Nashville/Cookeville
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum - Chattanooga/Etowah
Three Rivers Rambler - Knoxville
Austin Steam Train - Austin
Grape Vine Railroad - Grapevine
Historic Jefferson Railway - Jefferson
Texas Transportation Museum - San Antonio
Texas State Railroad - Palestine & Rusk
West Texas & Lubbock Railroad - Wolfforth
Heber Valley Railroad - West Heber City
Virginia Railway Express - Burke Centre, Fredricksburg, Manassas & Woodbridge
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum - Chehalis
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad - Yacolt
Lake Whatcom Railway - Wickersham
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad - Elbe
Northwest Railway Museum - Snoqualmie
Green Mountain Railroad - Hartford
Mountain Rail Adventures - Elkins & Durbin
East Troy Electric Railroad - East Troy
Mid-Continent Railway Museum - North Freedom
National Railroad Museum - Green Bay
Wisconsin & Southern Railroad - Middleton
Riverside & Great Northern Railway - Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad - Spooner
Q. How early should I arrive?
A. Due to the time required to park, walk to the station and locate your assigned car we strongly suggest you arrive at least 20 minutes early.
Q. What are the ride prices?
A. Prices vary by ride operator. Check individual listings.
Q. Are seats assigned?
A. Tickets are usually assigned by railroad car. Seating within that car is open and groups wishing to sit together should arrive early to ensure they are at the head of the boarding line for their car. If you wish to be certain that your group will all be in the SAME CAR, contact the ride operator well ahead of time.
Q. Do rides return to the same station where they departed from?
A. Yes, most rides return to their departure location. A few don't do so.
Q. How long is the ride?
A. It varies by departure location. Typically ~1 hour.
Q. Are there restrooms on the train?
A. Rides run in modern passenger cars may have a restroom in some cars. At Museums not every ride may have a restroom on the train. Ask beforehand!
Q. Is these rides handicapped accessible?
A. Some stations are equipped with either high level platforms, a lift platform or a short wheelchair ramp at one end of the platform. Ask before traveling out to ensure if a lift is available! Please arrive no less that 45 minutes prior to departure to ensure easy check in.
Q. Are strollers permitted?
A. Strollers are welcome at the ride grounds, but are not permitted in the aisles of the railcars. This is a State public safety law. Stroller stowage can be on the overhead racks or behind fixed seats.
Q. Are the cars heated?
A. Many modern (used weekdays for commutation) cars are fully heated. At museums some historical era (pre 70's) cars may have full (steam) heat to lesser heat. Some cars may have no heat. Ask beforehand!
Q. Is there a charge for babies riding the train with their older siblings?
A. The age requirement varies between the trains.
Q. Are all of the rail cars historic?
A. Many rides are run on (1990's to present - used weekdays for commutation) equipment. Museums may have some to many historic cars in their consists.
Q. Are trips cancelled due to weather?
A. Train rides will run rain, snow, sleet or shine. Trains will not run if the State Governor declares a weather state of emergency or the host railroad determines it cannot safely operate the trains.
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