The ride begins on the grounds of the Old Thresher's Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. People come from all over Southeast Iowa, Central Iowa, Northern Missouri, and Western Illinois to take a ride on the #9 Shay Narrow Gauge train. Plan to arrive a few minutes before your train is scheduled to leave. So, if you have a ticket for the 1:00 pm, train, plan to arrive around 12:40 or so. There are plenty of photo ops before boarding the train and waiting for the train builds excitement! Just dress according to the weather, as there is no heat on the train!
If you plan to take a ride on the North Pole Express, mail your registration soon. The deadline for mail-in registration is Oct. 29. The phone lines open for ticket purchases on Nov. 1. The trains have been known to sell out within 10 days of the phone lines opening, as this is a very popular event.
We keep wondering how many more years of Santa we have. But in the spirit of The Polar Express, he may be one who truly believes for a long time. His parents do, as the bell still rings for us, as it does for all who truly believe.