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Santa's Train Rides in the USA - directory

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 (especially North Pole Express / Polar Express rides). On many rides a child carrier counts as a ticketed seat.


AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO,
MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

= Polar Express train

Alabama

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum - Calera

North Alabama Railroad Museum - Hunstville

Alaska

 

Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway - Williams  

Arkansas

Arkansas Missouri Railroad - Fort Smith | Van Buren | Springdale

California

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

Colorado

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango  

Georgetown Loop Railroad - Georgetown

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - Alamosa

The Royal Gorge Route - CaƱon City

Connecticut

Connecticut Trolley Museum - East Windsor

Danbury Railway Museum - Danbury

Essex Steam Train - Valley Railroad - Essex

Naugatuck Railroad - Thomaston

Shoreline Trolley Museum - East Haven

Delaware

Wilmington & Western Railroad - Wilmington

Florida

Florida Railroad Museum - Parrish

Florida Star Clipper Dinner Train - Eustis

Seminole Gulf Railway - Fort Myers

Georgia

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - Blue Ridge

Stone Mountain Park Train Ride - Stone Mountain Park

Tennessee Valley Railroad - Chattanooga, TN

Hawaii

 

Idaho

Thunder Mountain Line - Horseshoe Bend

Illinois

Fox River Trolley Museum - South Elgin  

Illinois Railway Museum - Union

Monticello Railway Museum - Monticello  

Indiana

Big South Fork Scenic Railway - Stearns

Bluegrass Railroad Museum - Versailles

Kentucky Railway Museum - New Haven

Iowa

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum - Boone

Midwest Central Railroad - Mount Pleasant

Kansas

Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad - Abilene

Midland Railway - Baldwin City

Kentucky

Big South Fork Scenic Railway - Stearns

Bluegrass Railroad Museum - Versailles

Kentucky Railway Museum - New Haven

Louisianna

 

Maine

Boothbay Railway Village - Boothbay

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Portland  

Seashore Trolley Museum - Kennebunkport

Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum - Alna

Maryland

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum - Baltimore

Walkersville Southern Railroad - Walkersville

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - Cumberland

Massachusetts

Berkshire Scenic Railroad - Lenox

Cape Cod Central Railroad - Sandwich

Edaville USA - Carver  

Michigan

Coopersville & Marne Railway - Coopersville

Little River Railroad - Coldwater-Quincy

Steam Railroading Institute - Owosso

The Old Road Murder Mystery Dinner Trains - Blissfield-Charlotte

Minnesota

North Shore Scenic Railroad - Duluth

Missouri

Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad - Belton

Branson Scenic Railway - Branson  

Missisippi

 

Montana

Charlie Russell Choo Choo - Ware

Nebraska

 

New Hampshire

Conway Scenic Railway - North Conway

Hobo Railroad - Lincoln

Mount Washington Cog Railway - Bretton Woods

Winnipesaukee Railroad - Meredith

Nevada

Nevada Northern Railway - Ely  

Nevada State Railroad Museum - Boulder City

Virginia & Truckee Railroad - Carson City  

New Jersey

Allaire Sate Park - Pine Creek Railroad - Wall Township

Black River & Western Railroad - Flemington-Ringoes

Cape May Seashore Lines - Cape May

Jersey Central Chapter - central NJ

Tri-State Railway Historical Society Chapter - central NJ

Volunteer Railroaders Association - northern NJ

Whippany Railway Museum - Whippany

New Mexico

Santa Fe Southern Railway - Santa Fe

New York

Adirondack Scenic Railroad - Utica  

Arcade & Attica Railroad - Arcade

Catskill Mountain Railroad - Mt. Pleasant

Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad - Milford

Finger Lakes Scenic Railway - Geneva

Medina Railroad Museum - Medina  

Saratoga & North Creek Railway - North Creek  

North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad - Bryson City  

New Hope Valley Railway - Bonsal

NC Transportation Museum - Spencer

North Dakota

 

Ohio

Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Scenic Line - Jefferson

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway - Nelsonville

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum - Dennison  

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad - Lebanon

Orrville Railroad - Orrville

Oklahoma

 

Oregon

Mount Hood Railroad - Mount Hood  

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad - Garibaldi

Pennsylvania

Bellefonte Historical Railroad - Bellefonte

East Broad Top Railroad - Rockhill Furnace

Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society - Dunmore

Fayette Central Railroad - Pittsburgh

Kiski Junction Railroad - Schenley

Lycoming Valley Railroad - Williamsport

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad - New Hope

Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad - Middletown

Strasburg Railroad - Strasburg, PA

Rockhill Trolley Museum - Rockhill Furnace

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern - Kempton

Tioga Central Railroad - Wellsboro

West Chester Railroad - West Chester

Rhode Island

Blackstone Valley Tourism Council - Woonsocket  

Newport Dinner Train - Newport  

South Carolina

South Carolina Rail Road Museum - Winnsboro

South Dakota

Black Hills Central Railroad - Hill City and Keystone

Tennesee

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum - Oak Ridge

Tennessee Central Railway Museum - Nashville/Cookeville

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum - Chattanooga/Etowah

Three Rivers Rambler - Knoxville

Texas

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  

Utah

Heber Valley Railroad - West Heber City

Virginia

Virginia Railway Express - Burke Centre, Fredricksburg, Manassas & Woodbridge

Washington

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum - Chehalis  

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad - Yacolt

Lake Whatcom Railway - Wickersham

Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad - Elbe

Northwest Railway Museum - Snoqualmie

Vermont

Green Mountain Railroad - Hartford  

West Virginia

Mountain Rail Adventures - Elkins & Durbin  

Wisconsin

East Troy Electric Railroad - East Troy

Mid-Continent Railway Museum - North Freedom

National Railroad Museum - Green Bay  

Riverside & Great Northern Railway - Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad - Spooner

Wyoming

 


Santa Train Ride Frequently Asked Questions

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.


About this site

Firstly: this site was created to help people find rides near to them. The Internet has become increasingly commercial with many so called 'family fun' focused portals springing up in the new millenium. Almost ALL of them require a large fee ($xxx.xx) to be listed. This website does not require a fee and will always be free to list all of Santa's train rides!

Secondly: many so called railroad 'directories' list sites in ways that share no benefit of the link to improve the listed sites search ranking and/or findability in searches (PageRank aka Link Love). Those 'directory' sites are usually dominated with off topic and not very family friendly (spammy) looking advertisements.

Please send comments and corrections to: webmaster@santastrainrides.com



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