One fun thing to do this time of year is take a holiday train ride at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Fishers, Indiana. Not only is a train ride a break from the usual pass times, such movies, eating out, etc., it’s an opportunity to see the local area from the unique vantage point of a railway.
“Take Santa Home” Train Ride
While the “Polar Bear Express” has already left town, it’s not too late share Santa’s ride home to the North Pole by train. The fun, interactive ride runs on Friday December 27 & Saturday December 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The train boards at Fishers Station and runs through downtown Noblesville and back. From the “North Pole Depot” in Noblesville kids will watch as Santa waves goodbye on his way back to his workshop.
During the train ride, which will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, Santa will hand out a final gift of the season to all kids.
Similar to the Polar Bear Express
The ride will be very similar to the Polar Bear Express, which we recently had the opportunity to cover. The above video shows some of the highlights of that particular ride. Kids got to meet with Santa and Mrs. Clause, who handed out gifts as they made their way from car to car.
One aspect of these train rides that is easy to overlook is the contributions of volunteers. One such volunteer is Brian Hinkey, a long-time (30 years) member of the museum, who in addition to helping passengers on and off the train, and stirring the occasional cup of hot cocoa, is perhaps best known for his guitar work and singing.
“It’s a fun place to be. I try to make it even (more) fun, I take my guitar along, for instance on the Polar Bear Express tonight we’re doing all Christmas songs for the kids. And I let them pick and choose what they want to hear. We just try to have a great time onboard. I think everyone should come and experience the train someday. It’s a lot of fun,” he says.
Another volunteer, “Jonna,” works as a children’s librarian at the Fishers Library. Her job was to go from car to car, and tell the story of how the Polar Bear Express got its name. Explaining how she got involved, she says, “An email came through work they were asking different children’s librarians if they would be interested. And that’s how I knew about it, and though it would be really fun, and it is.”
Amber Millican, an event coordinator and guest supervisor at the Fishers Train Station, says, “It’s honestly just a lot of fun. It’s just a gorgeous train ride all the way up into Noblesville into Forest Park. All the volunteers on the train ride work really hard. And we just love seeing everyone so happy about it. Getting to meet with Santa Claus on a train is not something that every kid gets to do.”
Taking a train makes for a great holiday excursion, and is a great way for kids to get closure on Christmas in a way that is fun and memorable.