The Polar Express TM

About the Event

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is the largest annual event at the railroad drawing over 19,000 passengers each year! The fun begins at the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center, which serves as our train depot. Holiday decorations inside the train add to the festive atmosphere as guests on board meet the Conductor, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by our chefs, and listen to a reading of the enchanting story as they journey to the "North Pole." Santa greets children aboard the train while passengers sing along to carols as they travel back to the train station.THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train is staffed almost entirely by volunteers and and is the largest annual fundraiser for our organization - thank you for your support! Our event is the only officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride in the state of Maine.


Click on the images below to see some images of previous events.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum

Would like to say a special thanks to our 2019 partners:

Lamey Wellehan. Maine's Shoe Store Since 1914.
First Class Sponsor
TD Bank - America's Most Convenient Bank
Associate Sponsor
Townsquare Media Group & WHOM 94.9, Portland's Home For Holiday Music.
Associate Sponsor


If you would like to see more about our event, check out our THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Video which captures the magic of the ride.


2020 tickets go on sale in September! Make sure to check back then to purchase your ticket!

Where to Arrive

All Trains Depart from the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center. This is where passengers board the train. The station is NOT open during the event.

To Volunteer

Please contact our Main Office if you are interested in volunteering for the Polar Express TM event.