Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum Announces 2017 Dates, Ticket Availability, and Fares for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

For Second Consecutive Year, Historic Scenic Railroad Near Mount Rainier National Park To Offer Fun, Family-Oriented Holiday Excursions in November and December Based On Best-Selling Children’s Book and Academy Award®-Winning Animated Film

ELBE, Wash. — The Mt. Rainer Railroad and Logging Museum (MRRR)™, which offers distinctive year-round rail experiences and special events to passengers of all ages in the beautiful, scenic forested foothills near Mt. Rainier National Park, in partnership with Rail Events Inc. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, today announced its 2017 dates, ticket availability, fare categories, and pricing breakdown for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. The fun, family-oriented holiday tradition based on the best-selling children’s book and Academy Award®-winning animated film of the same name begins on Friday, Nov. 17, and runs most days through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are now on sale through our website here, or by calling the railroad’s toll-free reservations hotline, seven days a week, at (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611).

“A delightful holiday tradition and outing for families around the country, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride has become a highly-popular event series for the MRRR and its sister railroads, and one which continues to garner more interest nationwide with each passing year,” said Allen C. Harper, co-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of American Heritage Railways, Inc., the parent company of the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum and Rail Events Inc. “These charming excursions bring immense enjoyment to families visiting the Mt. Rainer area. Additionally, these special events further validate the MRRR’s deep commitment to staging fun, family-friendly excursions which are enjoyable for parents and children alike, and offer distinctive, memorable experiences for guests of all ages that last a lifetime.”

About THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Now in its second year of operation in Elbe, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is one of the MRRR’s premier annual events. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride lets passengers relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once on board, guests enjoy hot chocolate and holiday treats as they read the classic children’s book along with the characters. At the North Pole, Santa Claus and his helpers greet all passengers, and then board the train to give each child their first gift of Christmas — a silver sleigh bell. Chefs in each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Elbe. For a video experience of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waCuWvH7s30.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride: Full Schedule

The MRRR’s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride begins on Friday, Nov. 17, with at least two excursions planned for each day at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. PST. Additional excursions may be added those days based on consumer demand. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 13 and continuing through Sunday, Dec. 31, the MRRR will operate three THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride excursions each day at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. PST. The full schedule is as follows:

Dates Excursion Times (All Times PST)
November 17-19, 22, and 24-26 | December 1-3 and 7-10 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
December 13-24 and 26-31 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride: 2017 Fare Categories and Pricing Breakdown

Tickets for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are now on sale through our website here, or by calling the railroad’s toll-free reservations hotline, seven days a week, at (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611). This year, the MRRR has instituted tiered pricing by date, with many excursions available to families at substantial discounts if they choose to ride on value or off-peak dates. Ticket prices vary depending on the date and selected class. Here are the fare categories and respective standard- and first-class ticket prices for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride:

Pricing Category Dates
Value: December 7-8 and 13-14
Off Peak: November 17-19, 22 and 24-26 December 1-3, 9-10 and 28-31
Peak: December 15-23 and 26-27
Chrismas Eve: December 24

Parking is available in the MRRR parking lot near the depot for $4.00 per vehicle.

Note to Editors: High-resolution photos of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride are available upon request by contacting MRRR director of marketing Jess Martin at (360) 569-2688, or by email at jess@mtrainierrailroad.com.

Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum is a trademark of American Heritage Railways, Inc.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters. TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. (s17)

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About Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

Located 70 miles south of Seattle in the beautiful, scenic forested foothills near Mt. Rainier National Park, the Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum (MRRR) commemorates the rich, colorful history of the Pacific Northwest’s logging industry. Now owned and operated by American Heritage Railways, the MRRR provides distinctive year-round rail experiences and exceptional special events via its fleet of vintage coal-fired, steam-operated locomotives and coaches which have been updated with modern amenities to accommodate today’s discerning travelers. Boasting the world’s largest collection of steam-powered logging locomotives, the MRRR’s museum collection is curated and operated by the nonprofit Western Forest Industries Museum. The MRRR offers consumers a unique, enjoyable, and affordable family-friendly travel experience which combines the state’s vibrant pioneering and logging histories with the unparalleled beauty of the Washington backcountry. For more information, please visit mtrainierrailroad.com or call (888) STEAM-11 (783-2611); like the company on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/MtRainierRailroad; and follow the railroad on Instagram and Twitter at @VisitMRRR.

About THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Official THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Since 2005, Rail Events, Inc. has held the exclusive license to operate THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

About THE POLAR EXPRESS Film

The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks’ next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer THE POLAR EXPRESS in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.

About THE POLAR EXPRESS Book

THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by the Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (opening 2018). With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About Rail Events Inc.

Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2016, we licensed events that hosted over one million guests at 50 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.

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