Polar Express Banner Image

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ returns to the South Devon Railway

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo
The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo

The most iconic feature of The Polar Express is its sleek black steam engine. It’s even inscribed with the ‘1225’ signage to identify it as Santa’s own train. Your children will gasp with amazement as the Polar Express train pulls into the station. Billowing steam all the way, your authentic steam train ride will last around an hour.

Even the tickets feature the beautiful train. Whether Grandad is a steam train fan, Dad wants to ride the footplate or the children love trains, there’s something for everyone. Make sure the whole family has their Polar Express tickets!

The Polar Express Steam Locomotive
The Polar Express Conductors Hat
Chefs Dancing

Throughout your train ride you’ll be entertained, meeting the Conductor and his crew. All the while the train steams towards the North Pole. ! Here you’ll meet Santa and one of his friendly elves. He will climb on board the train to meet you all. The Conductor will even  clip your Polar Express tickets just like in the film.

Although we have no plans for the train to cross over an ice plain, don’t be surprised if you have to stop for caribou. Make sure you know what noise one makes as you may have to help clear them. As in the film, it’s very important not to pass through carriages while the train is moving!

After the show, there’ll be a photo opportunity. The whole family can pose with the Polar Express train – especially if you have a selfie stick. With the steam covering the platform, it makes a magical Christmas photo.

Adding to the Magic

As well as the train ride itself, enjoy wonderful Christmas food stalls before the show where you can grab some hot food. There’s also a pre-show beginning 20 minutes before your train departs to get the whole family excited for your magical adventure.

After the show, you can visit Santa’s workshop where the elves will scan to see if you’re on the Naughty or Nice list this year! You can also visit his beautiful gift shop where Polar Express and other Christmas goodies are on offer.

Chefs Singing
Santa Waving


Please start your day at Buckfastleigh station, TQ11 0DZ

The South Devon Railway are not able to answer Polar Express ticket enquiries.

For queries about tickets, a current booking or access information, please contact PNP Events direct at  support@pnpevents.co.uk 

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo

Remember, it’s Winter!

As the event takes place in late November and December, please do prepare for wintry road conditions. Remember this is England, weather can vary dramatically, however this event will run no matter the weather conditions even in rain and snow. 

PNP Events and South Devon Railway are not liable for any road closures or delays. No refunds are given if we run the train as advertised but you miss it due to weather conditions or any other reason beyond our control.

The elves aim to respond to all queries within two working days.

The Polar Express SDR Roundel Logo


THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at South Devon Railway is licensed by Railevents International and is operated and managed by PNP Events Ltd , Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 11056091. VAT Number 320329051, on behalf of South Devon Railway.