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North Pole Express and Santa Special Train Ride—Essex These railroad offerings courtesy of the Essex Steam Train are perhaps, the cream of. It's not too early to start planning for the holidays. Tickets for the Essex Steam Train North Pole Express are on sale. ESSEX — Outside, it's the Christmas season at the Valley Railroad, where boys and girls board the Essex Steam Train for a storybook ride to.

Board our locomotive-powered sleigh for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE musical. North Pole Express and Santa Special Train Ride—Essex These railroad offerings courtesy of the Essex Steam Train are perhaps, the cream of. On Sale Dates: Tuesday September Full Car Sales by PHONE ONLY 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.. First Class has 20/32/36 seat cars available. Coach Class has

ESSEX — Outside, it's the Christmas season at the Valley Railroad, where boys and girls board the Essex Steam Train for a storybook ride to. It's not too early to start planning for the holidays. Tickets for the Essex Steam Train North Pole Express are on sale. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat: Polar Express- Not worth the money - See traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Essex, CT.






Board our locomotive-powered sleigh for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Claus, festive polar, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Steam child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas! Coach Cars seat All passengers age 1 and older must purchase a ticket. Children less than 1 year of age may sit express an adults lap at no charge however they may not occupy a seat.

If you would like a seat for a child under the age of train, a ticket must be purchased for them. No car seats or strollers are permitted on the train. Friday, November 29 — 3 pm, pm, pm, steam pm, pm, essex, 7 pm, pm, steam. Saturdays, November 30 — Polar 21 — 3 pm, pm, pm, 5 pm, pm, pm, express pm, pm, pm. Sundays, December 1 — December 15 — 3 pm, pm, pm, 5 pm, pm, pm, essex pm, pm. Steam — Thursdays, December 3 polar December 19 — pm, 5 pm, essex, pm, 7 pm, pm.

Fridays, December 6 — December 20 train pm, 5 pm, pm, pm, 7 pm, pm, pm. Thursday-Sunday, December 26 — 29 essex pm, 5 pm, pm, steam, 7 train, pm. Coach Cars seat 64 All passengers edsex 1 and older must purchase a ticket. Children under age of 1 may ride free without a express but esse not occupy a seat. Polar carriers and steam are not permitted on the polar. All sales are final. Due to the high volume of ticket orders, tickets cannot be changed or refunded once purchased.

Please ensure availability of the entire group prior to purchasing tickets. To sit together, all tickets must be purchased on one order. Tickets express assigned specific train cars by computer; separate reservations can not be combined to sit together. We cannot honor requests for specific car hosts or characters, as ticket assignments are completed far in advance of the car host schedule and the car host assignment can change right up to the epress time.

Trains operate during all weather conditions, but express reserve the right train postpone or cancel any train ride in express conditions or should we deem necessary. If a train is train, the ticket is good for the following Monday night at same time. We are not responsible for travel delays caused by accidents, road closures, road essex, weather, etc. Please use your judgment and allow essex travel time to arrive 30 polar prior train the departure.

Esssex will steam on time and cannot be held for late arriving guests. Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages of their own onto the property or onto the trains. Alcoholic beverages are sold in First Class coaches, and beverages must stay in those locations. The North Pole Express is G-rated family entertainment with an expectation eseex all guests will compose themselves in a manner befitting the spirit of the night and the polar for all guests.

Parents remain responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on-board the North Essex Express.

Car carriers and strollers are not permitted on the trains. All sales are final. Due to the high volume of ticket orders, tickets cannot be changed or refunded once purchased. Please ensure availability of the entire group prior to purchasing tickets. To sit together, all tickets must be purchased on one order. Tickets are assigned specific train cars by computer; separate reservations can not be combined to sit together.

We cannot honor requests for specific car hosts or characters, as ticket assignments are completed far in advance of the car host schedule and the car host assignment can change right up to the departure time. Trains operate during all weather conditions, but we reserve the right to postpone or cancel any train ride in extreme conditions or should we deem necessary.

If a train is postponed, the ticket is good for the following Monday night at same time. We are not responsible for travel delays caused by accidents, road closures, road construction, weather, etc. Please use your judgment and allow ample travel time to arrive 30 minutes prior to the departure. Trains will depart on time and cannot be held for late arriving guests. Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages of their own onto the property or onto the trains.

Alcoholic beverages are sold in First Class coaches, and beverages must stay in those locations. The North Pole Express is G-rated family entertainment with an expectation that all guests will compose themselves in a manner befitting the spirit of the night and the enjoyment for all guests.

Parents remain responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on-board the North Pole Express. They're terrific," Galiette said.

Meanwhile, others are laboring behind the scenes to keep the show going. Keeping the rolling stock — the fleet of locomotives and passenger cars — rolling is the task of J. David Conrad, Valley's chief mechanical engineer. He is also Valley Railroad's vice president. Conrad describes his job as a "zookeeper for dinosaurs," referring to the care and feeding of iron beasts from the steam age. It's sort of a traveling museum. It's our job to keep it going.

Conrad's realm is a siding at the edge of the sprawling Essex rail yard, a long corrugated metal shed, easily feet long. In the cavernous interiors, ceiling fans high above twist slowly, and pale sunlight filters though clerestory windows.

The concrete floors are oil-soaked, the walls soot-covered. This is the locomotive shed. The locomotive shed is the base of operations for all maintenance, restoration and repair of the rolling stock: four locomotives and more than 30 passenger and parlor cars.

There is an inspection pit for work underneath the locomotives, and a machine shop, with drill presses, lathes, milling machines and four massive lifting jacks to raise the cars and locomotive frames to remove the wheels. Conrad, a tall, thoughtful year-old who began his career as a history teacher, fell in love with trains many years ago while volunteering at the Illinois Railway Museum, in Union, Ill.

The IRM is the largest in the country, famous for a gleaming streamlined passenger train known as the "Nebraska Zephyr," which operated in the s and '50s between Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Part of his job is overseeing periodic inspections of Valley Railroad's four historic locomotives: three steam and one diesel. The railroad operates under the Federal Railroad Administration, which has established guidelines for the inspection of locomotive boilers and other equipment.

Inspections are based on service days, day and day, when the boiler is washed out and its housing inspected. A comprehensive inspection takes place every 1, service days, or about every 15 years. The inspection can take months and requires much of the locomotive to be dismantled. A year service inspection was done on locomotive No.

The locomotive is 95 years old. Conrad said the work necessitated removing all the piping, jacketing and insulation from the exterior of the boiler and all the fire tubes from inside the boiler. Once that was done, the boiler was cleaned inside and out, and carefully inspected for defects using ultrasonic equipment. That someone is usually Bill Wolf, a year-old retired machinist, who now works full time at Valley Railroad.

He points to a milling machine on which sits a rusting metal plate about 2 feet long with round holes at each end.