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Maine narrow gauge train whisks passengers to North Pole
November 28, 2015 16:46 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- For the 8th year in a row, passengers can board "The Polar Express" in Portland, Maine, and be greeted by Santa on a magical trip to "the North Pole."

The narrow gauge train runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas, departing from the Ocean Gateway Visitor Center. Passengers are served hot chocolate and cookies aboard the festively decorated train and listen to a reading of "The Polar Express."

Steam shoots out from the vintage 1913 locomotive set on rails two feet apart as it makes its more than one mile journey along Casco Bay. The railway served passengers regularly from the 1870s to the 1940s.

Tickets are sold through PortTix and reservations are strongly recommended, as some trips frequently are sold out. Proceeds benefit the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. and Museum.