The North Pole Express
RAILFANS: We have some locomotive specific pictures at the end of this page.
Reservations are required for this event. Tickets are $25 per person (plus a small service charge from the ticket service). Children up to 18 months old do not need a ticket. Everyone over the age of 18 months must have a ticket.
On November 1st, online and telephone reservations for this event began. In the past, it has only taken 1 to 2 days to sell the seats. A link to the online reservations page will be posted here and on the main MCRR.ORG webpage. The call-in reservation telephone number will also be posted.
After reservations are received, parties are assigned coaches. If there are two (or more) parties that wish to ride together on the same coach, we ask that you make your reservations together under one name, otherwise we canít guarantee that parties will be seated on the same coach.
2017 Train Departure Times.
What happens at the Midwest Central Railroad's North Pole Express? Scroll through the following portion of the page to find out what happens at the North Pole Express.
After parking their cars at the north end of McMillan Park, North Pole Express riders walk towards the North Station.
Our riders check in with staff to pick up their tickets and learn of their passenger car for the trip to the "North Pole."
As the next train's riders start to gather at the North Station, in the distance they hear the rumble from one of several locomotives owned and operated by the MCRR.
For example, in 2010, No. 9 (Lima three truck Class C Shay), No. 6 (Baldwin 2-6-0), and No. 14 (Plymouth Locomotive Works diesel) all participated in the NPE trains. In 2012, No. 6 and No. 12 (Baldwin 2-6-2) participated in the NPE trains, and for many trains, working together! No. 12 dominated the scene in 2013 pulling every train.
Most riders will witness a scene similar to this: on the left, No. 9 or on the right, No. 6 and No. 12 chugging up the hill with its passenger cars ready to take riders to the "North Pole."
This is the view from the fireman's side of the locomotive as it approaches the North Station.
A few riders await their companions before boarding the train.
The train crew chat amongst themselves awaiting the last few passengers to board. Our staff is here to insure your well being and enjoyment of the entire North Pole Express experience!
The train circles the park at least 1.5 times before pulling into the "North Pole" (usually known as the South Station.).
The snow princess is one of the first sights seen by passengers as they disembark at the "North Pole."
The children line up to get their chance to visit Santa in the caboose.
Santa having his picture taken by a proud parent.
Leaving the Santa caboose.
It is the "North Pole" and, despite the infrared heaters, it can get a bit cold. Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies are available for the participants.
Standing in front of a baggage cart loaded with presents, a young rider has a big smile as her parents take a picture.
The North Pole has a crafts room where children can make paper ornaments and other items.
A well-stocked, railroad-oriented gift shop is available.
Midwest Central Railroad Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 319−385−2912 (updated 22Oct17)