North Pole Express

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This Holiday season, join us for a nostalgic journey back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear when you climb aboard the North Pole Express, pulled by the world-famous Pere Marquette 1225!

Depart from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan for a four-hour, round trip excursion to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas. Enjoy a one-hour train ride each way to and from Ashley, choosing one of our five different classes of service. From vintage coaches to historic cabooses, each offers a different type of comfortable accommodation and Christmas ambiance as the North Pole Express races northward!

Now, here’s the opportunity of a life time to ride the rails in first class style with our brand-new Pere Marquette Parlour! Climb aboard the latest addition to our passenger fleet of 1950s Hi-Level lounge cars that once served one of the Santa Fe Railway’s topnotch passenger train, the El Capitan. PLEASE NOTE: Adults only, ages 18 or older. 

Upon arrival at the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas, passengers will disembark for a two-hour Christmas party straight out of the past! Participate in the numerous activities the village has to offer; live entertainment, arts and crafts, and having your picture taken in front of the massive Pere Marquette 1225. Of course, the highlight will be meeting Santa Claus himself!

The North Pole Express will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting on November 16th and concluding on December 21st (Each trip is an approximately four-hour experience).

Boarding Location: 405 South Washington Street, Owosso, MI 48867

Departure Dates and Times

  • Saturday, November 16th: 10am, 5pm
  • Sunday, November 17th: 10am, 5pm
  • Saturday, November 23rd: 10am, 5pm
  • Sunday, November 24th: 10am, 5pm
  • Saturday, November 30th: 10am, 5pm
  • Sunday, December 1st: 10am, 5pm
  • Saturday, December 7th: 10am, 5pm
  • Sunday, December 8th: 10am, 5pm
  • Saturday, December 14th: 10am, 5pm
  • Sunday, December 15th: 10am, 5pm
  • Saturday, December 21st: 10am, 5pm

Caboose - $1,550 to $1,750 for up to twelve passengers

Caboose Class Includes: • Riding in a historic caboose • Room for up to 12 passengers • Cupola view • Private Conductor • Souvenir ticket, mug, and bell • Personal food and beverage service • Unlimited specially topped hot cocoa • Admission to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas

Adult Only!! Pere Marquette Parlour – Sofa Seating (Room for Four): $120 per passenger*, Table Seating: $260 per table (room for two)*, Swivel Chair Seating: $150 per passenger*

Pere Marquette Parlour Class Includes: • Riding in a vintage 1950s Hi-Level lounge car • Adults only class; Ages 18 or older • High-end seating; choose from either Sofa, Table, or Swivel Chair seats • Panoramic views • Carhost service • Holiday hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and seasonal cocktails available at our cash bar • Souvenir ticket, mug, and bell • Unlimited specially topped hot cocoa • Admission to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas • DISCLAIMER: This car is not handicap accessible. Due to its second story seating, this car is not recommended for anyone with any walking disabilities.

Cocoa - $82 to $88 per passenger*

Cocoa Class Includes: • Riding in a vintage 1940s/50s coach • Assigned seating • Carhost service • Souvenir ticket, mug, and bell • Unlimited specially topped hot cocoa • Access to concessions car • Admission to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas

Deluxe Coach - $62 to $68 per passenger*

Deluxe Coach Class Includes: • Riding in a vintage 1940s/50s coach • Assigned seating • Carhost service • Souvenir ticket and bell • One cup of hot cocoa • Access to concessions car • Admission to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas

Coach - $50 to $54 per passenger*

Coach Class Includes: • Riding in a double decker coach • Assigned seating; choose lower or upper level (Tandem style seating) • Carhost service • Souvenir ticket and bell • One cup of hot cocoa • Access to concessions car • Admission to the Village of Ashley's Country Christmas

*Plus, $5 advance processing fee.