All aboard the Polar Express

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If your child was enchanted with the 2004 holiday movie "The Polar Express," you can hop aboard the train just three hours away in Elkins, W.Va.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is one of 30 officially licensed "Polar Express" Train Ride events nationwide that will be chugging to the "North Pole" this holiday season.

Children arrive for the ride in their pajamas and will receive hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies from conductors and dancing chefs.

As the train chugs along, they'll hear the story "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg about a doubting boy who takes an extraordinary train to the North Pole. The train eventually arrives at a city of fantasy and lights with reindeer and elves, where Santa boards the train and greets the children, offering each a gift.

The train is scheduled to depart from the downtown Railroad Depot in Elkins at 5 and 7 p.m. today, as well as on Nov. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 and Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11.

Reservations are required. Tickets, which sell out quickly, are $45 for adults and children 12 and older; $40 for children under 12. All passengers will receive a Polar Express ceramic souvenir cocoa mug.

Elkins is 163 miles south of Pittsburgh. For details, call 1-877-686-7245 or check online at


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